Context for programme:
““Well-being is supported through learning and teaching that helps students feel confident,
connected and actually engaged in their learning.” (Junior Cycle Well-Being Guidelines, NCCA)
One of the key objectives of the Junior Cycle is to place the student at the centre of the teaching and learning. Students today are facing the challenge of the ongoing change in the nature of knowledge and the need for the requisite skills to process this increasing amount of information.
As part of placing the student at the centre of teaching and learning there is a move towards promoting more active and collaborative learning opportunities for students that create a balance between the development of subject knowledge, thinking abilities and the development of key life skills.
This 100-hour short course programme aims to embed a culture of learning and study at Junior Cycle, which assists students in knowing themselves better, being more organised and confident as learners, along with having a proven study system and approach to learning.
Learning to Learn also provides the opportunity for a whole school approach to embed best learning practice in a manner where any teacher can teach the programme. The programme also supports the work of the guidance counsellor and the pastoral/tutor team within the school by contributing to the 400 hours’ well-being allocation at Junior Cycle.
““Providing greater student ownership and involvement in the learning process is fundamental to improved learning outcomes.” (Reporting at Junior Cycle, NCCA 2016)
This programme was developed by The Super Generation, leaders in study skills and well-being, who have been delivering face-to- face seminars to thousands of students throughout Ireland and abroad. The Learning to Learn programme is part of our train-the-trainer programmes aimed at embedding the work we do with young people into the culture and life of the schools with whom we work.
Elements of the Programme
- 2-day train-the- trainer programme for teachers
- Teacher resource manual
- Student workbook
Content of the Programme
The Learning to Learn programme is designed as a practical resource for teachers and students, characterised by being learner centred and experiential, with relevant practical exercises from across the range of Junior Cycle subjects.
The programme is divided into three key sections reflecting the the student’s progress through the Junior Cycle, supporting them in becoming more aware of themselves as learners and giving them a greater sense of confidence and purpose. Each lesson and section connects with one or more of the indicators of well-being for young people.
- Transitioning and Learning
- Learning and Study
- Learning and Assessment
In addition, teachers are introduced to:
- Methodologies which promote greater collaborative learning opportunities for students.
- Ideas and approaches which teachers may wish to include in their own subject area.
Following the 2-day train-the- trainer programme, teachers:
- Feel confident and equipped to deliver a learning and study skills programme to Junior Cycle students.
- Are more aware of the changing demands on students and teachers in relation to learning and assessment at Junior Cycle.
- Are able to provide a range of learning experiences for their students in line with the identified guiding principles and key skills of the Junior Cycle.
An additional student workbook, Learning to Learn, is available for all students taking the programme.
““It’s a practical book and in my view an essential workbook for all students and an ideal book for teaching learning for their teacher, tutor and year head.”. Patricia Atkins, Former Principal
Duration: 2-day training
Audience: Teachers interested in delivering a 100-hour short course in learning and study skills to Junior Cycle students.
Dates and venues 2018:
3rd and 4th April 2019 in Hudson Bay Hotel, Athlone
1st and 2nd May CityWest Hotel, Dublin
Cost: €295 (20% discount for three or more teachers from the same school)
Terms and Conditions: Minimum of 20 participants per training, The Super Generation reserve the right to offer alternative dates if training is not filled. Full training fees due if cancelled within 7 days of training.