At Alawa Primary School we strive to make learning and the learning process visible for all. Students are taught to use ‘Alle’s Tools for Learning’.
At Alawa Primary School, we have been working towards making learning more visible. This has involved teachers being explicit about the learning that is intended from lessons and the criteria students need to fulfil to achieve success. We have introduced the following initiatives over the past 3 years to work towards students becoming Assessment Capable Learners.
‘ALLE’ is our Assessment Capable Learner
ALLE has a toolbox for learning. The tools in this toolbox are: Persist, Own Your Learning, Problem Solve, Reflect, Be Self-Aware & Use and Give Feedback.
Students across the school use this common language to discuss their learning.
Our teaching staff have been engaged in professional development based on the work of Carol Dweck and James Anderson to understand the significant impact mindsets can have on learning and development. Our over-arching belief is that the development of a growth mindset is the key to effectively utilising ALLE’s Tools for Learning.
Student Led Conferences - Students lead conferences with their parents and teachers in Term 1 and 3 to reflect on and discuss their learning journey. At these conferences, students use data and learning reflections as a basis for discussion.
Data - We have a strong focus across the school on data. Students are consistently engaged in data conversations specific to their own learning. They use this data to set and discuss goals and reflect and report on learning.
Feedback - Effective feedback must answer three major questions asked by a teacher and / or a student. Where am I going? (What are the goals?) How will I know what progress is being made toward the goal? Where to next? (What activities need to be undertaken to make better progress?)
At Alawa Primary School we are committed to supporting our students become assessment capable learners.