Treating young students like adults helps them learn and thrive
Kody Kleppen describes the supportive relationship he has with his teachers.
I was in Year 9 at a public high school, but I was having trouble focusing. As a result, my grades were suffering. My older sister already attended ET Australia Secondary College, and she was enjoying classes and benefitting from the more supportive environment. She thought it would suit me too.
I went to the College for an introductory tour. I could tell straight away that it was different to a traditional high school. The building itself was very smart and professional. It felt more like an adult learning environment.
Now that I am in Year 10 at ET Australia Secondary College, I can honestly say that this ‘adult’ approach is evident throughout the teaching experience as well. The teachers treat us like adults, and we call them by their first names. They are very supportive, and this positive relationship helps our learning. There is also a teacher’s assistant in every class for extra support.
I like that I stay in the same classroom all day. The teachers come to us. Rather than rushing from room to room, it gives me chance to prepare for the next lesson. My focus is much better.
I’m planning to stay at ET Australia Secondary College to study for my HSC. We have careers classes to explore different job types, learning what is involved, the average wage and the qualifications required. In Year 11, the teachers will help me develop a Pathway Plan for my preferred career. I would like to work with animals in the future, so I will be exploring zookeeping and veterinary science.
I’m so pleased that I moved to ET Australia Secondary College. If other students are having trouble focusing or getting the support they need at school, I hope they will discuss all the education options with their parents.