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Did you know that it is a myth that you only use 10% of your brain?

posted 3 Mar 2016, 19:36 by Anna Cindric

In order to engage the learner in learning, we need to ensure that the brain has opportunities to engage in thinking, memory and testing activities throughout the learning process.  In order for memories to be formed, that is short term memory consolidation, sleep is required. The research clearly indicates that in order to build strong networks in the brain (synapses) the brain needs sleep to convert those. How much sleep is debatable as this varies for individuals, but the average is 10-11 hours for children and 6-8 hours for adults.  Then in order for the memories to move from short to long term memory, they need reconsolidation- that means testing to reconfigure the memory, hence why it is important to reconnect with the learning and ask those questions that prod the learner to recall those memories, reconfigure them and then place into long term memory.

Dr Pankaj Sah from the Queensland Brain Institute explains that there are three main factors that are important in memory formation:

Emotional impact- events that have an emotive impact are stored faster and better remembered

Attention- the brain has attentional mechanisms so that it can focus on various aspects at one time and filter out others. Dr Sah equated this to being at a cocktail party- you are well aware of the movement around you, the noise, the people, but you are still able to focus and engage in conversation.

Repetition during consolidation- although this is dependent on the individual as some need this more than others.

However the factor that is reinforced continuously is the importance of feedback during the learning process. Feedback needs to be specific and directed at the task, the process the learner took to engage with the task, the learners ability to self-regulate during the task as well as looking at factors such as did the learner have breakfast, or enough sleep before they engaged in the task.

St Joseph’s is committed to helping our students learn. “Our Ready To Learn” time each morning is about providing the opportunity for students to self- regulate and have the right disposition to start the day.  It is also about connecting with students in conversation about their goals and how they are progressing through those goals and how they know they are being successful or not. And finally, it allows students to eat if they feel they need to. This is an observation the teachers have been quite surprised with- just how many students are wanting to munch on a snack, quite early in the morning. 


posted 20 Jul 2015, 19:18 by Anna Cindric   [ updated 7 Feb 2016, 22:12 ]

Have you ever seen a vision and mission statement hanging up on the wall of an organisation that is so long that no one would ever bother reading it, let alone know what it is about?
Last year when we were developing our new statement, this is something we kept in mind.... can the vision fit on a t-shirt?  Well we are proud to say YES!
Our vision definitely links to what we have been trying to achieve the last few years- making a difference to everything we do! Hence our vision is simple....
Our mission then reads:
 Through authentic and contemporary practice we as a catholic learning community inspire, motivate and educate our students so they cab shape their future.

Over the year we will unpack this further and look at real life examples that help us understand just how we are doing this!
Welcome to 2016! We look forward to the journey we will undertake together.


posted 11 Jun 2015, 20:17 by Anna Cindric

This year as a school we have been working on setting goals and being able to identify what areas we need to focus on in relation to either our learning or our behaviour so as to to make a difference. The students have been writing wonderful goals and the language they have been using to identify what goals they should focus on has been very specific and student centred. 
The teachers all write goals they need to work on in relation to their own learning and development.
So my question is, parents do you also engage in goal setting? Do you show your own children that you are a life-long learner and that there are areas you need to work on as well?
Perhaps after our parent/teacher/student interviews over the next few weeks, we may all revisit goal setting!

Have you heard of FLIPPED LEARNING?

posted 5 May 2015, 19:00 by Anna Cindric

Last term in Year 5 they started Flipped Learning in relation to their Maths. The students are given a set of objectives that they need to show mastery of. The teachers post videos explaining the concepts and then the students work with a partner to show their understanding of the objectives. The teachers are there working side by with the students, assisting as required and then providing feedback when the students come to show their understanding. What a wonderful way of learning. The feedback from the students has been very positive. What incredible teachers we have that are always looking at different ways to engage with the students and provide different approaches to learning!


posted 22 Apr 2015, 16:59 by Kimberley King   [ updated 4 Sept 2017, 18:09 by Allan Fagerstrom ]


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