At Lourdes Hill College, the Faculty of Differentiated Learning (FDL) provides specialist staff to support the enhancement of learning in the key areas of literacy and numeracy. We also support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students and High Achieving Students.
As we are supporting many girls with a variety of backgrounds and prior learning, it is key to provide a learning space and structure that is accessible by all. A welcoming space where students feel safe to ask for help, express their anxieties and ideas, and connect to like-minded peers, brings about positivity and a chance to flourish.
Kym Neech is the
Head of Differentiated Learning at Lourdes Hill College.
This year in FDL, our general learning space has been transformed to encourage continuous learning and community spirit. Our FDL centre is open to students during break times where they can not only receive academic support from specialist teachers, but can also enjoy some downtime with peers. We have developed a program of lunchtime activities that are aimed at practising and improving visual perceptual skills. “Visual perception is vital in cognitive processing. Visual perception is the process of absorbing what one sees, organising it in the brain, and making sense of it. One of the most common examples of visual perception's importance in cognitive processes is reading. Looking at the words of a book and being able to make sense of the plot is visual perception at work. Difficulty in visual perception can cause problems with cognitive processes” (Study.com).
The students are encouraged to come to the FDL, bring a friend, and have a go at these activities that are a fun way of training their brains to assist with their learning in the classroom and at home. And for those girls looking for a safe, comfortable zone for quiet reading and reflection, our Beanbag Corner is also available.
We will continue to make improvements and look forward to working with CITEL to research and evaluate the impact on our students’ learning of changing up the learning spaces in the FDL.