Learning Dispositions: A Day in Action

October 23, 2023

At the start of Term 3, all teachers at Gawler River gathered to design thinking disposition activities for students that encourage and enhance our College’s prescribed Learning Dispositions.

Collectively, teachers used the complex capability of creativity to strategically prepare innovative and interactive learning opportunities that engaged students to confidently use their qualities and characteristics to successfully complete an activity by adapting and approaching their learning in a variety of ways.

The result of the planning session a Learning Disposition: A Day in Action was set for Thursday 14 September, when all Gawler River students stepped into a world where they embraced responsibility of their educational journey, harnessing the power of collaboration, courage, creativity, curiosity, reflection, resilience and self-regulation.

Teachers witnessed students (who are more than just learners) being the architects of their own growth and success. Students were guided by their insatiable curiosity, fearlessly asking questions and exploring the depths of knowledge.

With courage as their companion, they embraced challenges as opportunities and setbacks as stepping stones toward their goals.

Creativity flowed through every aspect of their education, turning concepts into vibrant creations.

Reflection was their compass, guiding them towards deeper understanding through thoughtful analysis of their experiences.

Collaboration became second nature, as they embraced the power of shared knowledge.

They utilised self-regulation, taking control of their learning journey and nurturing a sense of responsibility.

Resilience was evidently showcased as they tackled obstacles head-on, undeterred by adversity and emerged stronger and more determined.

This transformation is not a solitary endeavour. Learning Dispositions: A Day in Action showcased a whole school approach, where the child’s educational community united to nurture our dispositions. Teachers worked alongside students as mentors and facilitators, creating an environment where the Learning Dispositions flourished.

The significance of learning dispositions in shaping well-rounded individuals ready to conquer the future is a valued lifelong quality that guides students towards growth, achievement and a future filled with endless possibilities.

Source: Natalie Bent (Head of Junior School) and Lauren Schwarze (Head of Middle School)