On Tuesday, January 31, parents and VRG staff members met together to discuss what is planned for the spring term at VRG, tips and tricks on how to support students and how and why we work in the way we do at school.
Working from this presentation:
We had a look at the spring term calendar. We discussed the “peaks” of workload. We also discussed why they happen and, in some cases, cannot be avoided.
Erica Hebbe, our new school counselor, and Kara Barker-Åström, vice-principal responsible for Student Health, walked us through some important points about time, stress and expectations.
Perhaps the most beneficial activity during the evening was when we watched this film:
and then discussed the topics in small groups.
We watched this film clip about Growth Mindset as well:
These discussions led to reflections and questions about how we promote the “soft skills” at VRG. We discussed how and why we do group work and projects. The school leaders also discussed the line of progression from year 1 to year 3 and how the expectations grow as the students develop more and more responsibility. We didn’t have time to discuss all aspects of learning at VRG, but you can read more about how we view homework>> and assessment and grading here>>.
Finally, we discussed stress – what does it look like? We discussed how it looks different in different students. Sleep, nutrition, exercise – balance was stated and restated as the key.
At the end of the evening, parents and staff committed to working together to identify, inform and support each other. We agreed that we have shared goals – we want our students to be healthy and have academic success – in that order.
For more information about our Parents Association, click here: VRG Föräldraföreningen