All students can learn and succeed, but not all on the same day in the same way.William G. Spady
Instead of the customary punitive tactic and the negatively charged language of the traditional methods, a new supporting mechanism for such students was introduced, aptly as well as cheekily entitled GLAD, an acronym for Growing Learning and Academic Development.
Students completing detentions at lunch time as a consequence of poor behavioural choices have been separated from students who need academic support and guidance. Mrs. G. Davies, Teaching and Learning Coordinator for Secondary School, supervises these GLAD lunch times sessions in Room 17, during which the nominated pupils from Years 7-12 as well as voluntary students complete due assessments or simply improve their learning habits, by working with the teacher and/or independently, asking questions and negotiating solutions.
A more relaxed environment is created where students are allowed to eat and drink, and can opt for seats or bean bags; they can also bring a friend or a mentor who can also support them. Though comfortable and relaxed, the atmosphere remains professional and work-focused at all times.
GLAD has significantly reduced the number of non-submitted and failing assessments, as teachers often invite students to attend GLAD sessions early in the assessment-production process, and parents are informed about it immediately.
Classroom teachers, the Secondary School Teaching and Learning Coordinator, students and parents are thus working together towards a successful outcome.
The GLAD initiative has been specifically helpful in keeping students accountable to more than one person and in helping staff work more as a team to help students. Before GLAD we had no clear way to see the big picture – what students were missing and who were constantly behind. GLAD also provides students with a structured way of getting work done. GLAD not only helps teachers, but students have also begun turning in better quality work. Those who may have previously received a fail, are now given the structure to achieve a passing mark if they want it, something they may have never gotten the structure to do before.Caitlin Arnold, Humanities and English teacher
GLAD provides a place and structure for students to work on academic tasks that they are struggling to complete. It helps students to meet deadlines before it is too late. For me, as a teacher, GLAD has provided a structure where I am able to direct students who need assistance in finalising assigned tasks.Colin Wilson, Mathematics and Science teacher
As a teacher, I have found that the GLAD process enables my students to receive additional support in a positive and productive learning environment. Students receive input and assistance from the lead teacher at the college, and as a result, students improve their work and assessment results.Jared Benard, Business, HPE and Bible teacher