The ACARA site is spelling things out very clearly for us. I am going to go through the elements for the Personal and Social Capability one by one. Self-awareness is the first and needs to be explored at each level and across all subjects. In high school we are looking at level 5 and Level 6. For self-awareness students have to be able to:
recognise personal qualities and achievements
understand themselves as learners
develop reflective practice.
When it comes to teaching I have often said to students they need to understand themselves as learners so that they can better ask for what they need. It is important for them to understand their learning style and when they discover that they actually become more confident in their learning. If we don’t tell them that , they will often think they are getting it wrong when in fact, they are not getting the style they need. Sometimes it is about having to adapt a bit which is why the understanding of their learning style is important. They can then fill in some of the gaps themselves. It encourages them to be independent learners.