There’s no such thing as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ education program

At Coach House, we aren’t into one-size-fits-all programs like the expensive tuition franchises. When a student comes to us, we ask them one simple question: What are you struggling with right now? That’s our starting point. Primary school students with learning difficulties including attention disorders, auditory and visual processing problems and dyslexia are best ableContinue reading “There’s no such thing as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ education program”

Anxiety and learning difficulties

A stress-free environmentThe optimal environment for struggling students is a stress-free, pleasant physical space in which they receive the teacher’s undivided attention. It’s not possible for classroom teachers to offer that to everyone. That’s where we step in. We have worked hard to make sure Coach House’s tutoring spaces inspire kids. We see their anxietyContinue reading “Anxiety and learning difficulties”

Poor comprehension or low literacy?

Students often come to Coach House under the impression that they lack comprehension skills. Students in the middle school years (Years 5—8) are particularly plagued with this problem. They soon discover that they actually need to learn and practice spelling, punctuation and grammar. With good reading and writing skills, comprehension improves. Surveys in schools haveContinue reading “Poor comprehension or low literacy?”

Re-thinking ‘normal’

In structured inquiry, there is no ‘normal’. Because learning is so individual, there are no unnecessary hierarchies. At Coach House, our materials and methods are designed to minimize differences so we can close the artificial gaps created by age, year levels and expected benchmarks for performance that exist in many schools. People learn at differentContinue reading “Re-thinking ‘normal’”

Beyond student-centred learning

Let me be entirely frank. In many Australian schools, the insistence on student-centred learning has led to a crisis. Literacy and numeracy skills continue to founder. The metaphor of the moment describes some students as having ‘fallen through the cracks’. From my vantage point, there’s a veritable chasm in the floorboards of most classrooms. TheContinue reading “Beyond student-centred learning”