Teaching & Learning
Differentiation of the curriculum – also known as “personalization” – is a key component of contemporary approaches to education and of the Learning to Learn Framework. For students to explore their potential and develop the capacity to be life-long learners, their individual learning needs must be supported and their interests and skills nurtured. Teachers differentiate teaching by treating each student as unique, taking account of individual learning styles and adapting tasks and resources accordingly. The Assignment is designed to be flexible and allow student choice without compromising syllabus outcomes. In Studies, students can seek personalized help from teachers as well as explore and deepen their understanding. The use of Canvas and other digital resources provide just-in-time support, opportunities to revisit material for greater understanding and also avenues for extension.
Self-directed learning is a focus of much of contemporary research and practice. Educators around the world have identified that to thrive in a rapidly changing and uncertain world, students must be flexible, creative thinkers and problem solvers, able to communicate and collaborate. They must take ownership of and understand the process of their own learning – they must learn how to learn. Self-direction is at the heart of teaching and learning in in all the Sterling schools and campuses and unites our network of schools, teachers and of course our students. Moreover, as self-directed learners, Sterling students and graduates are part of a global movement in education that equips them for their futures as lifelong learners and valuable contributors to the community. Learn more
Technology Rich Classrooms
Digital Literacy is recognized as a key requirement in a student’s portfolio of graduate skills and as a result the Sterling classroom is an increasingly technology-rich rich learning environment. Throughout our global network of schools and campuses we have much in common in exploring and using a range of tools and devices for great quality educational experiences. For many this means a custom made video conference classroom connecting students and their teacher over great distances; for others this is the introduction of student laptops or similar communication technology. We have many online classrooms too – with Courses and Programs of Learning on Canvas, and teacher collaboration areas on our Professional Learning and Development Hub. Greater access to online resources for learning are providing many of our staff and students with research and study information, as well as a diverse digital library of project material for all age groups and interests.
Learning to Learn Framework
The Learning to Learn Framework was designed specifically for the OneSchool network and is based on research and best practice, and extensive consultation with members of the school community. The Framework provides a structure for self-directed learning: the Assignment, Lesson and Study. These three elements combine to provide support for students as they develop independence as learners, and promote collaboration amongst teachers and students across campuses and schools. The Framework takes into account the structures around video-conferencing and distance learning. An important component of the Learning to Learn Framework is the development of Learning Centers that enable students and teachers to work together in an inviting, collaborative and flexible space in which students take ownership of their own learning.
Our Teachers’ Academy utilizes the components of the Learning to Learn Framework and applies its key principles to ongoing professional learning for the teachers in the OneSchool network. Educators all over the world recognize the need for continuous growth and professional development, and the value of doing this as a whole community of learners. Teachers throughout the network will complete regular Assignments – similar to those they prepare for their students – that will support and deepen their professional practice and understanding, promote collaboration and develop a rich pool of shared professional resources. Through the Teachers’ Academy, each teacher will build a “digital portfolio” that will align with external requirements and will also form the basis for formal appraisal, proof of experience and opportunities to share and celebrate professional expertise.
World Wide Distributed Campus
OneSchool has a unique global footprint in education. It has a school network of more than 9000 students across the world, and campuses on nearly every continent. With such a rich diversity of environments, the opportunity and potential for sharing learning and celebrating success with a wider school audience is very high. Teaching staff and students take advantage of a range of communication technologies to connect with other campuses both nationally and internationally, making the most of the wealth of educational experience and expertise available both locally and further afield.