My Thursday did not begin like it normally does last week. In fact, it began with an 8.00 am Extension 1 Mathematics class, as I became a Year 12 student for the day. I sat with four students and Mr Jenner, who were all using a foreign language that was ‘Advanced Calculus’; far more advanced than my basic understanding. The students seemed to enjoy solving problems that left my head reeling, and their workbooks were just as mind blowing and confusing to me.
I followed three of them to double Chemistry, where the class were designing their own experiments through a depth study on Acids and Bases. They became Scientists in the classroom as they worked through their chosen hypotheses, recording results as they went.
I left the Scientists with their coats and goggles on and visited the Community and Family Studies class. They have been working on an Independent Research Project since last term, and were looking at Abstracts from past projects as models for their final paper. The topics they had chosen, such as the effect of divorce on young people, verbal abuse, and the effect of Social Media on body image sounded fascinating as they worked through some of the issues they encountered.