Learning Strategies 15/25/35 Course Outlines

Course Outline

Learning Strategies 15/25/35


Required Materials

2” binder for notes and handouts, pens, whiteout, 4 various colored highlighters. Students may also want to bring a personal computer device for writing. A student planner would be beneficial.  Dictionary and thesaurus are encouraged.

Course Content

The aim of Learning Strategies is to encourage and support students in response to their own diverse learning needs, course of study and teaching practices. Learning Strategies facilitates and promotes self advocacy and independence in pursuit of personal well being and academic achievement. Students will build their academic competencies across all of their disciplines.   

Focuses

Understand Self and Others as Learners

Organization and Management of Time and Resources

Understanding the Learning Process

Self-Advocacy and Relational Management in a School setting

Responding to Assessment and Evaluation

Mature reflection about issues affecting future of self and world



Content with Weighting

Learning Style (Outcome 1) 20%

Students will develop an understanding of their personal learning style strengths and challenges. They will apply this knowledge to their current studies and develop strategies for personal success. Students will reflect on what worked, and what needs to be further developed for their educational goals.

Resources: Internet, various other resources, personal texts

Assessment: Multimodal assignments, personal reflection through discussion and journaling.


Time management and goal setting (Outcome 2) 20%

Throughout the course, students will engage in setting SMART goals and develop habits of time management, including developing strategies for managing procrastination and perfectionism. Students will work on managing texts and materials as well as meeting deadlines and developing a balance of academic, personal and (if applicable) employment activities. Students will be required to create and upkeep a student schedule within a format of their choosing.

Resources: Internet, various other resources

Assessment: Student agenda/timetable, formation of goals, and effective management of school resources


Understanding the learning process (Outcome 3) 20%

Students will create their own learning guide where they explore how their brain works and strategies for increasing their knowledge and memory of concepts. Students will engage in effective note taking strategies, both for texts and discussion and learn effective listening strategies. Students will also engage in effective web based strategies and work on their reading, writing, problem solving and organizational skills.

Resources: Internet, various other resources

Assessment: Note Keeping Journal, group presentation, multimodal assignments

Self Advocacy and relational Management (Outcome 4) 20%

Throughout the course, students will examine their emotional intelligence and when to use self advocacy. Students will examine their own anxiety and engage in positive risk-taking. Students will work in groups and develop their communication styles as a way to seek and confirm understanding. Students will work to develop effective questioning skills and give feedback regarding the communication process.

Resources: Internet, various other resources

Assessment: Group presentations, multimodal assignments, self/group evaluations


Assessment Evaluation (Outcome 5) 20%

The students will learn to respond to assessment evaluation and use their assessment for learning and self development. Students will develop practices and strategies for different types of assessment practices and develop their own testing techniques. Students will learn to combat anxiety and how to prepare for assessment.

Assessment: Multimodal assignments, self/group evaluations, personal reflection


Course Outcomes

Outcome 1: Understanding self and other as Learners: students will become lifelong learners who will accept, explore and develop an understanding of learning styles, strengths and challenges. They will identify, implement and monitor effectiveness of appropriate individual accommodations, supports, plans and strategies.

Outcome 2: Organization and Management of Time and Resources: Students will explore, collaboratively develop, reflect on, and revise and apply strategies to effectively manage time and resources, both human and material.

Outcome 3: Understanding the Learning Process: Students will form an understanding of how learning works and will collaboratively develop, reflect on, revise and apply effective strategies in a variety of academic concepts.

Outcome 4: Self- Advocacy and Relational Management in a School Setting: Students will collaboratively explore, develop, reflect on, revise and apply strategies that promote independent and interdependent relationships. Students will recognize occasions and advocate when it is necessary to seek and offer support with increasing confidence

Outcome 5: Responding to Assessment and Evaluation: Students will collaboratively explore, develop, reflect on, revise and apply a range of cross-curricular strategies while managing emotions and achieving at their highest academic levels in a variety of assessment contexts.

Assessment for Learning

Assessment for learning is a way to ensure that students are successful in this class. For students to be successful in this course, they need to know 3 essential things: What they know, what they need to know and what success looks like.

In order to achieve the highest possible level of success, students will be given the opportunity to re-submit major assignments after receiving formative feedback and recommendations for improvement. Students are encouraged to hand in drafts of their work for approval at least a week in advance before completing a major assignment.

Exams can be re-written under acceptable circumstances.

Google Classroom

Students will be required to check their emails and google classroom on a daily basis. Classroom discussions, materials and assignments will be posted and submitted primarily through the use of this tool.

Expectations

It is expected that you, the student, come to class prepared to learn. You are responsible for arriving on time and bringing all of the required materials needed for each lesson. It is your responsibility to complete all assignments on time and make up any assignments that are missed. You are also expected to hand in assignments in a timely fashion that complies with the assignment due date. If you need an extension, please come see me.

Attendance

Regular attendance is an expectation and requirement to successfully complete Learning Strategies. If you are going to miss a class, it is your responsibility to inform me as soon as possible and collect any missed assignments. Failure to comply with regular attendance can lead to an unsuccessful completion of the course as well as intervention with administration.

Cell Phone Policy

Technology use is encouraged and expected throughout this course. I encourage students to bring in their own devices for research purposes. However it is the expectation that students use these devices in a manner that is successful to their academic success.