In the discussion on how we support Aboriginal students, our first Paradigm Shift is in how we understand their motivations to study.
When we understand that one of the most significant motivators to return to Year 11 & 12 is closely tied to the contribution they wish to make to their Community, our whole teaching design and language of success changes!
I find it interesting when our Indigenous students struggle at school but apologize for bad behaviour always say they want to carry on at school to 'make a difference' in their community!
It is this motivation which appears to be greater for Indigenous students than that of non-Indigenous students.
No matter what we may think would be a successful outcome for a kid, when we celebrate their achievements as they work closer to their motivations to study we begin to see a difference for the way students are supported!
What motivations have you noticed in your students? I hope to continue this discussion in future posts!