Here’s What Teachers Think About The MetaMorph Program in 2013

We get the opportunity to work with some great teachers and Schools when we deliver the MetaMorph workshop at Primary and High Schools. Rather than us tell you the benefits, we asked some of the teachers from Christchurch Grammar, Keilor Downs College, Mortlage College and Wesley College what they thought about the workshop.

 

1.What was the most useful activity of the course? Why?

 

Sarino – Magic Boots. The kids had a lot of fun and got them to really think about how to fulfil the activities objective.

Julie – Both activities presented. Both were excellent activities, including the Marble Run. The magic boots activity was excellent – the puzzle meant all students were involved at all times.

Meaghan – Walk The Plank. All students were involved at the one time which emphasized encouragement among students. All activities encouraged teamwork but Walk The Plank really emphasised this as the children were all doing something throughout the task eg. Passing the plank, moving along plank etc

Ross – Magic Boots. I believe the most beneficial activity was the Magic boots.  It incorporated many aspects of teamwork which was discussed the session prior as well as clearly outlined those who are potential leaders.

Sheridan – The discussions. The discussions which took place after each activity were most beneficial as students had time to reflect and debrief from each activity.

Penny – Optimal Mast. I was present for the building blocks, which I think is Optimal Mast. Activity was successful due to the clarity used to explain the task, providing the students time to explore the task and then giving them time to complete it. Afterwards the feedback and discussion that was generated allowed students to feel successful and a certain amount of pride in achieving their nominated outcome. The students worked so well that they completed the task to a higher standard then was anticipated.

Kerry – Marble Run. Marble run as it demonstrated some of the key teamwork and leadership skills. It also required persistence and resilience of all involved.

 

2.  How successful was the facilitator’s delivery? Why?

 

Sarino – He was able to maintain students’ attention and communicate very well what students had to achieve and do.

Julie – Excellent. Students listened to feedback and altered their approach accordingly. Students had lots of fun.

Meaghan – Excellent. Fun to listen to, the kids responded well. The children were engaged and interested throughout the instructions and during activities.

Ross - Michael delivered his program with a great deal of enthusiasm and clarity.  Each activity was instructed clearly, feedback was given throughout and even a chance to debrief and have constructive conversation over the positives and negatives of each activity.

Sheridan - Michael’s delivery was spot on.  He delivered messages in a down to earth way and pitched his messages appropriately for the age group.

Penny - Very successful due to the clarity of instructions, simplicity of task initially and the ability to modify tasks for each group. Michael also has an engaging approach to students, therefore they want to impress and gain praise. Providing constant feedback to students also enables them to work more co-operatively and students are easily able to think about their leadership styles for the tasks they are to complete during the year.

Kerry - The students responded really well to Michael. He outlined the requirements of the group but got the young people to contribute to it. He treated them respectfully which reciprocated.

 

3.  What would you tell other teachers / Schools about the MetaMorph program?

 

Sarino – Worthwhile, different, innovative and fun.

Julie – Great team building activities. Works well with a large group and needs very little equipment. Definitely recommend the activities

Meaghan – fantastic program. A great way to see children’s natural team / leadership abilities. A great way to see where children need encouragement and activities were fun. The children loved it.

Ross - The Metamorph program should be an integral part to every teacher’s program.  It gives you the opportunity to stand back and examine the reportable traits that each student has.  It could also become a great ice breaking day at the beginning of the year.  We loved it.

Sheridan – I have already told others about the program

Penny - MetaMorph program engages a wide variety of student learning styles which allows students to gain more self-confidence and the ability to see themselves as a valued leader. The program can be delivered to a wide variety of age groups and is engaging.

Kerry - The Metamorph program is a great opportunity for staff to see students in a different light. It facilitates peer connections beyond the program especially when the students reflected on the challenges. It has given then great insight into what makes effective leadership and team work. I would highly recommend this program to other schools both for student and staff sessions.

 

Our thanks go to the following teachers for their feedback:

 

Sarino Prinzi, Keilor Downs College, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Julie Clifton, Keilor Downs College, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meaghan Ward, Christchurch Grammar School, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ross Webber, Christchurch Grammar School, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sheridan Vella, Wesley College – Glen Waverley Campus, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Penny Mudge, Wesley College – Glen Waverley Campus

Kerry Boyden, Mortlake College, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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