Eagle House School

Eagle House Approach

About Us

At Eagle House we aim to provide a safe and focused academic environment for students.  Our ‘Student Focused’ approach helps us to provide an excellent progression for each individual student within a broad mainstream curriculum. 

We aim to grow each student’s academic potential. We implement High Impact Teaching Strategies to identify and support individual needs and talents. Further supported by our small environment where each student feels safe, cared for and respected as a unique individual. 

It is our priority to enhance students’ social and emotional growth, to encourage their natural curiosity and enthusiasm towards learning, and to provide the environment.

Our approach to learning and how it benefits a diverse student body.

Application of universal design for learning

Our ‘Student Focused’ approach helps us to provide an excellent progression for each individual student within a broad mainstream curriculum. 

We aim to grow each student’s academic potential in our deliberate small student-teacher ratios which in turn promotes confidence in each students’ learning development.

What is our approach:

Any successful implementation is supported by the schools’ specific culture.  

Our premises, faculty of staff and student body provide a calm and safe learning environment. 

Our focus is on each student’s specific development and individual needs.

Settings Goals

Overview

Lessons have clear learning intentions with goals that clarify what success looks like. 

Lesson goals always explain what students need to understand, and what they must be able to do. This helps the teacher to plan learning activities, and helps students understand what is required.

Key elements

  • Based on assessed student needs
  • Goals are presented clearly so students know what they are intended to learn
  • Can focus on surface and/or deep learning
  • Challenges students relative to their current mastery of the topic
  • Links to explicit assessment criteria
Structuring Lessons

Overview

A lesson structure maps teaching and learning that occurs in class. 

Sound lesson structures reinforce routines, scaffold learning via specific steps/activities. They optimize time on task and classroom climate by using smooth transitions. Planned sequencing of teaching and learning activities stimulates and maintains engagement by linking lesson and unit learning.

Key elements

  • Clear expectations
  • Sequencing and linking learning
  • Clear instructions
  • Clear transitions
  • Scaffolding
  • Questioning/feedback
  • Formative assessment
  • Exit cards
Explicit Teaching

Overview

When teachers adopt explicit teaching practices they clearly show students what to do and how to do it. 

The teacher decides on learning intentions and success criteria, makes them transparent to students, and demonstrates them by modelling. The teacher checks for understanding, and at the end of each lesson revisits what was covered and ties it all together (Hattie, 2009).

Key elements

  • Shared learning intentions 
  • Relevant content and activities 
  • New content is explicitly introduced and explored 
  • Teacher models application of knowledge and skills 
  • Worked examples support independent practice 
  • Practice and feedback loops uncover and address misunderstandings
Worked Examples

Overview

A worked example demonstrates the steps required to complete a task or solve a problem. 

By scaffolding the learning, worked examples support skill acquisition and reduce a learner’s cognitive load.

The teacher presents a worked example and explains each step. Later, students can use worked examples during independent practice, and to review and embed new knowledge.  

Key elements

  • Teacher clarifies the learning objective, then demonstrates what students need to do to acquire new knowledge and master new skills
  • Teacher presents steps required to arrive at the solution so students’ cognitive load is reduced and they can focus on the process
  • Students practice independently using the worked example as a model
Collaborative Learning

Overview

Collaborative learning occurs when students work in small groups and everyone participates in a learning task. 

There are many collaborative learning approaches. Each uses varying forms of organisation and tasks.

Collaborative learning is supported by designing meaningful tasks. It involves students actively participating in negotiating roles, responsibilities and outcomes.

Key elements

  • Students work together to apply previously acquired knowledge
  • Students cooperatively solve problems using previously acquired knowledge and skills
  • Students work in groups that foster peer learning 
  • Groups of students compete against each other
Multiple Exposures

Overview

Multiple exposures provide students with multiple opportunities to encounter, engage with, and elaborate on new knowledge and skills. 

Research demonstrates deep learning develops over time via multiple, spaced interactions with new knowledge and concepts. This may require spacing practice over several days, and using different activities to vary the interactions learners have with new knowledge.

Key elements

  • Students have time to practice what they have learnt 
  • Timely feedback provides opportunities for immediate correction and improvement
Questioning

Overview

Questioning is a powerful tool and effective teachers regularly use it for a range of purposes. It engages students, stimulates interest and curiosity in the learning, and makes links to students’ lives. 

Questioning opens up opportunities for students to discuss, argue, and express opinions and alternative points of view. 

Effective questioning yields immediate feedback on student understanding, supports informal and formative assessment, and captures feedback on effectiveness of teaching strategies.  

Key elements

  • Plan questions in advance for probing, extending, revising and reflecting
  • Teachers use open questions
  • Questions used as an immediate source of feedback to track progress/understanding
  • Cold call and strategic sampling are commonly used questioning strategies
Feedback

Overview

Feedback informs a student and/or teacher about the student’s performance relative to learning goals. 

Feedback redirects or refocuses teacher and student actions so the student can align effort and activity with a clear outcome that leads to achieving a learning goal. 

Teachers and peers can provide formal or informal feedback. It can be oral, written, formative or summative. Whatever its form, it comprises specific advice a student can use to improve performance. 

Key elements

  • Precise, timely, specific, accurate and actionable 
  • Questioning and assessment is feedback on teaching practice
  • Use student voice to enable student feedback about teaching
Metacognitive Strategies

Overview

Metacognitive strategies teach students to think about their own thinking. 

When students become aware of the learning process, they gain control over their learning. 

Metacognition extends to self-regulation, or managing one’s own motivation toward learning. Metacognitive activities can include planning how to approach learning tasks, evaluating progress, and monitoring comprehension.

Key elements

  • Teaching problem solving 
  • Teaching study skills
  • Promotes self-questioning
  • Classroom discussion is an essential feature
  • Uses concept mapping
Differenriated Teaching

Overview

Differentiated teaching are methods teachers use to extend the knowledge and skills of every student in every class, regardless of their starting point. 

The objective is to lift the performance of all students, including those who are falling behind and those ahead of year level expectations. 

To ensure all students master objectives, effective teachers plan lessons that incorporate adjustments for content, process, and product.

Key elements

  • High quality, evidence based group instruction
  • Regular supplemental instruction 
  • Individualised interventions

How can differential teaching benefit a diverse population of students?

Differentiation is a key high impact teaching strategy; Each lessons must provide the right amount of support and challenge for every type of student profile.

Lessons are adjusted that the content being discussed, the process used to learn or the attainment expected from students; to ensure that all students at different starting points can receive the instruction they need to grow and succeed within the curriculum frameworks.

High quality, evidence-based instruction meets students’ needs within their zone of proximal learning development and has clear SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-based) goals.

Eagle House - Enhanced Curriculum

These programmes further support the academic growth of each student.  It ensures that important 21st Century skills are developed and assists with tertiary prospect demands.

Academic Support

Effective small schools are not only designed to support relationships; they are also structured to allow these relationships to develop over time. This environment is ideal to ensure that learning is happening in ‘real-time’, not having to spend hours after school receiving extra lessons with little results.  

A key element is the Response to Intervention; Generally implemented as a whole school implementation strategy, RTI is a highly effective differentiation strategy.  This multi-tier approach to classroom learning enables teachers to identify the abilities of individual learners and provide additional instruction to learners who may benefit from support in smaller, more targeted settings.