The Trinity Field Studies experience is quite unique. It is an opportunity we would not get to be part of anywhere else. It is a valuable experience for everyone who takes part in the Field Studies programme. There is a lot to learn and new things to try for all. There is much to say about my time spent at Field Studies, I had my fair share of challenges and highlights like everybody. There was also much fun to be had during our four-week stay.
As we enter this concluding phase of our students’ 2019 academic journey it can be exciting to begin to contemplate what lies beyond, but the reality is that the final stage of a journey always involves stepping deliberately into challenges, if we are to finish well.
Digital technology, which includes computers, smartphones and tablets, as well as social media and other mobile apps and digital software, is pervasive in a boy’s personal life. However, digital literacy is important in education as it is a proven tool for enhancing learning experiences. Boys already have access to and familiarity with a range of digital tools — parents can encourage the utilisation of these tools to make for a more effective learning experience. Here are just some of the ways digital technology can support learning:
Pioneering studies released in the 21st century have found there is a robust connection between learning spaces and learning outcomes. A Harvard study that examined the foundations for student success, discovered that environmental exposures in school buildings can impact student health, thinking and performance. Strategic use of space can positively impact the education journey – both teachers and students feel inspired to achieve excellence.
The creation of art in its various forms is an effective way to stimulate the brain. Research from the University of Sydney and the Australian Council for the Arts demonstrates that involvement in the arts offers wide-ranging benefits for young people – not just in the classroom, but also in life. Students who participate in the arts have higher levels of motivation at school and improved engagement, self-esteem and life satisfaction. It is also recognised that the arts can enhance academic performance.
A number of researchers have raised concerns about the steady decline of time spent participating in physical activity at some schools. One particular concern is that removing or reducing physical activity in school may be detrimental to a child’s physical health, as well as their academic performance.
The phrase “innovate or die” wasn’t coined without reason. Innovation is defined as ‘changing processes or creating more effective processes, products and ideas.’ Innovation in schools is essential in giving children an education that is relevant in our ever-changing world. Being innovative is not just inventing new things or bringing robots into the classroom, it’s adapting a classroom environment to deliver better teaching.
For many families, reading aloud to children is a much-loved part of the bedtime routine. But how long do you continue to read aloud to children? Once they become competent readers and start to enjoy reading independently, it’s natural to assume that we don’t need to read aloud as often.
To be literate, is to be capable of listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing, and using and modifying language for different purposes in a range of different contexts. Students develop literacy skills as they learn to use language confidently to communicate inside and outside of school. Developing literacy skills is about more than just gaining knowledge – it is about students becoming effective learners who are confident and motivated to use their communication skills broadly. We’ve put together a list of fun ways to help your child develop literacy skills.
Homework plays an essential role in education but can have a significant impact on families. It can be difficult for parents to navigate the issue of how involved they need to be in their child’s homework commitments. The age of a child will invariably determine the level of parental involvement required. However, it is vital to remember that homework is intended for students to do by themselves.