In the Early Years, Focus students, via a roster system, have some key roles. During tuning in time with the focus students the teacher scaffolds and discusses in front of the class what they might be working on during investigations. The teacher explores the interests of the focus students and uses these to model the learning in investigation time. Focus students spend a few dedicated moments with the teacher during the day to ensure deeper relationship building and time for the teacher to get to know more about the focus students. Focus students also report back at reflection time on their learning with the teacher and children asking questions and highlighting examples.
In the Primary and Middle Years, Focus students share aspects of their learning and ERPs that they are currently working on with peers during tuning in. They also evaluate their progress during reflection sessions at the end of each day. This helps the students take responsibility for their learning, to keep to deadlines and to gain some one to one time with the class teacher. It also provides peer scaffolding and tutoring on a wider range of topic areas.
Once a fortnight we get asked to sit in front of the class and share, what do we share? Well, what we share is chosen by our teacher and can vary. This can be a great time to convey your learning before presenting it and show a passion for the subject of which you are doing you ERP on. This can help you get higher grades and entice your audience which can spark discussions and stimulate learning. Probably the thing I like most about being a focus student is that the class gets to know me. They get to know what I like and what I don’t, they really get to see an aspect that people usually don’t think upon first glance. Even better than this is how I get to know my peers. I can find out that people that I have never even spoken to have more in common with me than my friends and this forms new friendships.
When you are a focus student you go up to the front of the class and sit next to the teacher while talking about the given topic. Some of the things that we talk about are how our interests link to our E.R.P topic and how we are progressing in our E.R.P, we also talk about what we did on the weekend and even discuss what we are learning in class and what is happening around the world. I like that when you are a focus student you get to express how you are going with your work and your classmates can come up to you later in the day and can help you with your work. I also like it how we can talk about things happening around the world and can have a conversation about the things that we may worry about.