Success factors for holiday learning programs

January 16, 2017 1:04 am
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Drawn from a number of research studies* the following indicators outline the features of successful holiday learning programs:

Practising classroom teachers are involved in the development of the program.
Students are well aware of what is required to complete the program.
Parents are supportive of and value the program.
The program is based on and related to work completed in the classroom.
Students are motivated by the range of activities provided.
Tasks and activities are seen as challenge by the students.
A variety of thinking styles are required to complete activities.
Students receive immediate and supportive feedback on their progress.
Instructions for activities and tasks are simple and clearly stated.
Students accept responsibility for completing and participating in the program.
Enrichment and extension activities are included in the program.
Tasks and activities relate to student interest to maximise student engagement.
Focus on academic content in key learning areas.

*Getting to Work on Summer Learning: Recommended Practices for Success. Report prepared by RAND Education, a unit of the RAND Corporation (2013) for the Wallace Foundation.

Brian Powyer