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School and learning may not
be the first things you think about when someone says ‘hospital’. But if
you’re in hospital for long periods or have to come in for regular
treatment, you can still keep the brain turning over.
You might not know it but you
are learning all the time! Your hospital stay might provide you with
some really valuable learning experiences!!
Contact your teachers. Give
them some warning that you’ll be away. Ask them about some learning
activities for you to do while you’re not in the classroom.
Bookmark your school site. Make sure you’ve got your school website or intranet bookmarked as a favourite. Then you can check in to see what is
happening at school or login to access or download class activities.
Borrow some audio books. Visit
your school or local library and take out some audio books. They’re
great if you don’t have the energy to read but love a good story.
Get the gossip. Ask friends to visit and fill you in on what’s happening at school.
Bring it all in. There
will be plenty of time to read. So bring in some of your textbooks and
anything else you’ve been meaning to read. There are also other things
that you can use to help pass the time, like a laptop, webcam,
magazines, DVDs and electronic games.
Meet the teacher. Make sure you meet the RCH teacher on your ward. They can:
Join in. Look into the projects and activities that RCH teachers and other young people are running on your ward.
Write it down. Start a journal about your hospital experience. Later on it could turn into a piece of writing for school.
Collect some signatures. Get your visitors to sign a book or poster or leave you a message.
Make it work. Collect
all the work you do in hospital and take it back to school. You might
be able to use it for a school project or assignment. Transition@RCH has examples of how you can use your hospital experience to meet the requirements of VCE/VCAL.