Integrated Learning Opportunities
Grade 8 and 9
27 May 2021
Earlier this week, Taroona High students from Grades 8 and 9 attended the final two sessions in a series of enterprise and design-thinking workshops aimed at supporting young people to solve real-world problems in their local communities.
Taroona students worked alongside students from Bayview Secondary College to develop innovative solutions to meet the needs of our future. Students worked in small teams to identify diverse social and environmental needs within our local communities and they then went about designing cost-effective, innovative solutions, which involved prototyping and marketing a product. Ideas ranged from renewable transport solutions to establishing safe spaces for individuals to seek support and education around mental health, identity, and cultural awareness. Students benefited from discussing their ideas with mentors from across the business, education and social services sectors within the Tasmanian community. When it came to pitching their well-thought-out ideas to a panel of experts, all Taroona teams made it clear that our young people not only have the creativity and the passion to improve our communities; they also have the open-mindedness to take on constructive feedback and use it to become real advocates of social change.
There is an increasing body of evidence that shows that project-based learning has a positive impact on achievement and well-being. The attachments can go with this also.
In Terms 3 and 4, Grade 10 students are being offered the chance to participate in an Integrated Learning Pod which will engage students in learning, based on real world problems. The Integrated Learning Pod will be themed around the ‘driving question’ “Can you create a business, product or proposal that supports food security in your local community?” This theme will allow students to engage with a real issue at a local level, whilst developing their understanding of climate change, genetics, the interpretations and analysis of texts and the use of evidence.
Students will study the topic through an integrated learning model using a combination of investigation, explicit learning and hands on experiences. As the Integrated Learning Pod will combine both the Science and English curriculums, the learning has been carefully designed and mapped to the Australian Curriculum outcomes for these subjects.
Students will be supported by an English and Science teacher and can extend their project work into other courses they are already studying, for example Design in Wood, Design in Metal, Creative Media and Computing. Additional support for students will come from industry experts from CSIRO and Eatwell Tasmania who have committed to support us throughout this learning.