We Create The Thinkers of Tomorrow
At Bayview College, we know that academic excellence is achieved by students who are innovative, open-minded, empathetic and questioning.
Our curriculum and co-curriculum programs encourage our students to encourage a mindset and outlook of creativity, initiative, and self-reliance. We aim to have students and teachers who possess the following core attributes:
- Intellectual curiosity
- Passion, the strength of character, persistence, resilience and ruggedness.
- Courage to live with ambiguity, to seek alternative pathways, and to take calculated risks.
- The sense of teamwork and ‘giving back’ to the community
- Grounded in the values of compassion, integrity, respect and responsibility that serve as a guiding principle to navigate choices in life.
Culture of Thinking.
A Culture of Thinking is a learning environment which values independent thinking, awareness of how thinking happens and deeper understanding of ourselves as learners. Taking our inspiration from the Project Zero team at Harvard University, and working closely with experts from Independent Schools victoria, our Culture of Thinking has two goals: on the one hand, to nurture students’ thinking skills, and, on the other, to deepen their understanding of content. In terms of their thinking skills, we help Bayview College students to develop mindsets which are curious, reflective and critical, encouraging them to become alert to thinking and learning opportunities and eager to take them.
Our Culture of Thinking philoso[hy helps students to build the foundations for lifelong learning and outstanding academic achievement
In recognition that every individual is unique we deliver the mathematics curriculum using the Maths Pathway program, allowing students to have more time to work independently at their own pace and level. We want every student to experience success in mathematics to improve their skills, understanding, engagement and confidence.
We tailor maths lessons to precisely what each student in the class is ready to learn. This might be filling gaps in prior learning, or working on extension activities. Students complete a diagnostic test at the beginning of the academic year and then 3 other times throughout semester one. This test may see students begin work consolidating prior knowledge, this is due to concepts needing to be mastered in order to move to higher levels. These gaps will be filled quickly and growth will be evident. Once concepts are mastered new modules are opened up for students to complete.
- Each student completes work in their maths exercise book, guided by the Maths Pathway computer program that is shared with their teacher. Consistent and organised workbooks allow students to show mathematical processes and thinking.
- Students are set goals to complete modules and they are also tested regularly with individual written and online tests tailored to what they are working on.
- They work with their teacher in small groups and one- on-one conferences.
- The whole class comes together for rich learning and real –world mathematical application projects each fortnight. Thinking and problem solving skills are taught and used in these tasks.
- Teachers deliver the content in smalr blocks, giving more time for individual learning and teacher/student conferences and feedback.
- Improvement and growth is a strong focus. Growth, effort and accuracy is reported on, rather than just test grades. Focusing on growth allows all students to experience success regardless of their level. Students are celebrated for improving and challenging themselves. A positive mindset in maths empowers students and enhance their wellbeing.
- Maths literacy is a focus, with emphasis on key terms and their meanings to enable students to understand the maths that is required in problems they set out to solve.
We continue to run afterschool (period 7) classes, lunchtime classes and tutoring to give extra support when needed. Homework is still given, but it is specific to each student. Homework can sometimes be completed via the internet as students can access the Maths Pathways at home or at times worksheets may also be used.
Since implementing this individualised and tailored approach in 2017 we have seen that all students know that improvement in maths can be continually made, and that personalised growth, resilience and thinking skills are just as important as content. Students continue to be offered opportunities to compete in math competitions and take advantage of other outside opportunities.
If you have any questions or concerns about Maths@Bayview please contact Stacy Thomas by phone or email at the College.