Helping students thrive during remote and flexible learning

Schools share their tips on how to help students to be at their best

Remote and flexible learning has continued to challenge teachers and students alike to find new ways of working and learning throughout Term 3.

A series of articles featured on the Department's website has captured the interesting ways teachers are helping their students to stay engaged, learning, and looking after themselves. A selection of these tips and insights is available below.

Making student engagement fun at Shepparton East Primary School

Teachers at Shepparton East Primary School have had great success using fun activities to keep their students engaged:

  • one teacher starts each day with a riddle for students to solve
  • another teacher uses a new virtual background when he is speaking to the students using a camera and asks students to work out 'where in the world' he is
  • prep teachers snapped a group photo of themselves, pasted the photos on icy-pole sticks and asked the children to take their 'flat teachers' on adventures.

Encouraging peer interaction at Mansfield Secondary College

Teachers at Mansfield Secondary College looked at ways to help students feel comfortable and confident when speaking in front of their peers, including giving them advanced notice before they had to speak and allowing them to use the written chat function.

Reducing screen time at Sunbury College

To ease 'screen fatigue', Sunbury College reduced period times by five minutes and replaced one period each day with off-screen reading and exercise. The school also introduced optional remote 'Mindful Meetups', where students took part in origami, colouring and meditation.

Challenging students to be their best at Antonio Park Primary School

To cater for students who need an extra challenge, Antonio Park Primary School has introduced challenge sections on their year-level web pages, along with other open-ended activities to extend their learning.

Principal Richard Lambert said this is part of a philosophy of flipping a negative mindset of only seeing remote and flexible learning in terms of restrictions and instead thinking about the potential opportunities it presents.

'In some ways, there are advantages when you look at it as a pure pedagogy, and to maximise this time – that's where our focus needs to be,' Richard said.

Find out more

Visit Stories from the Education State on the Department's website
Read more about remote and flexible teaching and learning happening at Victorian schools