Wednesday, 07 December 2016 14:30

Making our Success Criteria Visible

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I recently attended Professor John Hattie's Visible Learning Seminar in Fremantle. This was very well-attended by the local education community - teachers, heads of department, principals and Department of Ed officials. The day was engaging, stimulating and thought provoking with a good mix of input and group based activities and discussion.

One take away from the session for me was very simple - make success visible. Involve students by showing them clearly how they will be assessed, what success looks like and what steps are involved in reaching their goal.

At Phoenix Academy we actively use the Common European Framework (CEFR) as the instrument by which we describe and discuss the progress of our students. We could include our students more in the whole process of assessment by making the CEFR more visible - putting it on the walls with examples of 'Can Do' statements and examplars of work at different levels. What we could look for is for the students to be assessing themselves and marking their own progress. More importantly, goal setting on how to reach the next level could be driven by the student in consultation with the teacher.

So, we'll think about how we can make this happen. Do you think it's a good idea?


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  • Comment Link Robynne W Wednesday, 14 December 2016 09:25 posted by Robynne W

    The work of John Hattie is gaining traction this week with the release of the national NAPLAN results. It appears that Australia has not gained the improvements it was expecting. especially at Year 9 level. Evidence suggests that class size doesn't matter and resources are not the issue. The main overriding impactful influencer is the teacher. The passion of the teacher. The ability of the teacher to analyse competencies and then to offer differentiated instruction according to the students needs.

  • Comment Link Daniela Multari-Cugola Wednesday, 07 December 2016 15:36 posted by Daniela Multari-Cugola

    I completely agree with you Antony. Students need to be fully involved in the assessment process. Assessment criteria need to be completely transparent so learners are not only aware of the requirements but so they can engage in a meaningful dialogue with their teachers and peers about their progress.


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