Wednesday, 07 December 2016 14:30

Making our Success Criteria Visible

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?