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Information to help you achieve secondary school academic success.

Your Learning Opportunity

 

Essentially secondary school offers you a five year window of opportunity to learn. The degree that you develop and grow will to a great extent be determined by how actively you engage and participate.

At the very least, by the time you graduate you should be able to motivate, organize, discipline, and executively manage yourself...your life!

This site is dedicated to helping you maximize your secondary school learning opportunity

Learning Fuel

Are you running on empty?

Gino Odjick ex Vancouver Canuck remembers a visit to his Grade 9 English class by a group of First Nations retired NHL players. From that moment, Gino felt that his "dream" was turned ON! He suddenly found his life very easy to organize. This will get me to the NHL, therefore I will do it. This will prevent me from getting to the NHL, therefore I will not do it.

Having a dream, a purpose, provides a tremendous "boost" to your academic performance. Sir Ken Robinson, in his book The Element, offers numerous examples of individuals whose lives were stalled and frustrating. Like Gino, they also "found" their "on" button.

Discovering your "element", igniting your dream, has the potential to provide you with "instant" and powerful self-motivation, organization, and discipline...quite simply such a discovery provides you with "fuel" for your learning opportunities here at GSS. It can give you a reason to willingly get up each day and actively, alertly participate in YOUR education and training.

Key Word Links

Here are some web links to help you better understand  KEY words which could play a significant role in maximizing how well you "do" in school

Documents

Here are some document links which will help you better understand more of the KEY words to encouraging secondary school success.

The Learning Pit

The Learning Pit

Ten Words for Secondary Success

TEN key words which could play a significant role in maximizing how well you "do" in school are:

1. METACOGNITION

(literally means "after thinking")

In an education context, it means you thinking about... 

    YOU?        

         and           

HOW YOU LEARN BEST?

the other key words are...

2. ELEMENT 

(where do your natural abilities and your personal passions merge?)

 

3. APTITUDE

(what you "get" easily?)

4. PASSION

( what you  take a deep delight in doing?)

5. ATTITUDE

(what you truly want)

6. OPPORTUNITY

(where & how can you get what you want?)

7. MOTIVATION

(how much do I care about learning?)

8. ACQUISITION

(how well do I understand new information?)

9. RETENTION

(how well do I remember what I have learned?)

10. PERFORMANCE

(am I able to apply new information in a "test" situation?

Garibaldi Secondary School, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada