Just come back from walking around the groups. The students are all in seminars at the moment and are all really engaged in learning. So far every seminar we've run has been really successful. Why are the seminars successful?
- perhaps it's because the students have had an element of choice;
- perhaps they feel a sense of responsibility towards the others in their team;
- perhaps it's because they are meeting teachers they don't normally meet;
- perhaps it's because they recognise that the intense learning that goes on in these short sessions are worthwhile and serve a purpose.
My guess it's a combination of all of these.
When I walk into the area of the school where the programme is taking place, at any time, the students always active and engaged in learning. Some teachers have complained about the noise level, but I think this is getting better as the students become more aware of how their actions affect others.