Extended Learning (formerly known as the Advanced Learning Programme) is the term we use to define the programme we are delivering to our students, some of whom will be gifted & talented.
This is an opportunity for students to engage in a programme that prepares them to become future-focussed and flexible in their thinking.
- To have opportunities to engage in critical, creative, and caring ways with complex issues shaping their world now and for the future.
- To have provisions that are differentiated in breadth, depth, and pace to ensure opportunities for personal excellence.
- Includes Learners from every demographic of Aotearoa New Zealand.
- To have the opportunity to develop self-understanding within responsive environments alongside peers who have similar abilities and interests.
- The presence of a specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia) does not exclude a student from being identified as an Extended Learner. Such learning differences will be supported and accommodated.
These students often:
- Learn more quickly / require less practice
- Have an exceptional memory
- Have the capacity for long periods of concentration
- May ask probing questions
- Often are keenly alert and observant
- Might have made leaps in learning
- Often complex thought processes/ability to juggle complex material
- Often divergent/creative
- Often critical/analytical
- May have exceptional reasoning ability
Note i: For every gifted child who displays one particular trait, there can be another who displays the exact opposite.
Note ii: The more highly able, the more pronounced particular traits and characteristics may be and potentially.
At Ōtūmoetai College a student may be in one or more EL classes depending on their individual strengths and interests.
- Year 9 EL – English, Social Studies, Maths, Science
- Year 10 AL – English, Social Studies, Science, Maths A and B
- Year 11 – English A + Maths ALA + Science AL
- Year 12/13 – Eng A + Subject Selection + Scholarship
The learning needs of an Extended Learner student include:
- Intellectual stimulation
- Learn at readiness and pace
- Others like themselves
- To feel comfortable with themselves
- Teachers who ‘get’ them
- Support with perfectionist tendencies
- Support with asynchratic development
Teaching and learning across Extended Learner classes is characterised by:
- Differentiation – Content / Process / Product
- Curriculum Compacting
- Emphasis on higher order thinking
- Concept driven learning
- A focus on “real” issues / ethical dilemmas / student interests
- Emphasis on Key Competencies
- Research and Inquiry Learning
- Open ended components to task design
- Choice, student voice, creativity
- Emphasis on Growth Mindset
- High expectations including failing forward
- SOLO Taxonomy – Pam Hook
- NZ Curriculum documents
- Understanding Learning Dispositions
- The Ōtūmoetai Kahui Ako Writing Framework
- Depth and Complexity Framework (J Taylor)