Flexibility and collaboration make OneSchool stand out

Wednesday 23rd August, 2017

Jayde Zeitzen has been teaching at OneSchool’s Oakwood in Tasmania for the past two years and has made several observations about the style of teaching in this environment

“OneSchool has a flexible learning environment that has been embraced by students and teachers,” says Jayde. “This environment allows for a 21st century approach to learning. Students are becoming collaborative thinkers who are able to build upon their strengths and extend their learning through peer responsibility and challenges.”

Jayde feels this style of teaching not only allows teachers to easily see how students progress but what their take is on a subject.

“Being able to see how students have grown in their independent learning experiences and the different perspectives that each student has on tasks and concepts is my favourite part of OneSchool,” she says. “While one student is working on creative writing, another student could be creating a model and another student may be working on constructing a performance in the one space; learning is visible, active and directly related to the student’s needs and preferences.”

Jayde finds that learning is direct, concise and focused on key skills while also being interactive. Jayde also says the school’s use of the virtual classroom allows her to see many different aspects from all the different students.

“My view of teaching has not changed,” she says, “however, the strategies and pedagogy that is being used to facilitate teaching, and mentor student learning, has adapted to fit the mediums that are being used. VC lessons are more vocal than kinaesthetic as this is difficult to monitor outside of being present physically in the room. The use of a VC student leader has been beneficial to aid in the behaviour of the classroom.”

Jayde finds the students themselves are proactive in their learning and it isn’t hard to get them involved in class work and discussions.

“They react well to teacher directions and actively contribute to class discussions,” she says.  “Students are keen to provide feedback to help improve upon courses for future planning. All students actively provide reflections on their own learning experiences to provide future goals to improve their perceived weaknesses.”

And parental support? Are they passive or active within the school community?

“Parents play an active role in their children’s schooling and education,” says Jayde. “They communicate concerns of their children’s role in the school and academic achievement, aiding students to develop their own study plans and goals. They actively provide strategies that may help students participate in the classroom and engage in the subject matter.”