TEACHING AND LEARNING MATTERS
Teaching and learning is a cycle, we get new information, we try it out, we apply it, we work out what we have learnt, and then we do it all again. We are always learning. Term 2 often feels like the “business end” of this cycle. At the Primary Campus, working out what we have learnt and how well we have learnt it will be demonstrated officially in the end of semester reports.
All teachers use SEQTA to record assessments that are counted as part of the report grade, and by now you should be able to see exactly what your son/daughter will be working towards for this semester.
Different Types of Assessment
The school report is the summative end point of the semester. Along the way, teachers are assessing students almost continuously, this is called formative assessment and forms part of the learning as it helps the learner move forward.
We all know that when we are learning something new it’s the little bit of feedback as we go along that really helps. A good way for adults to think about this is to remember learning how to drive and just how intense that was. It was a matter of breaking things down into small chunks, mastering them and then putting it all together. Once we have learnt something it no longer requires quite so much effort, it is knowledge that feels almost automatic.
Assessment is an integral part of the teaching and learning cycle. Assessments are gathered throughout the term in a variety of ways. This key part of the learning process provides specific feedback as students work through the term. All our teachers use either SHOWBIE or SEESAW to provide support to learners as they go along and to celebrate the ‘lightbulb’ moments throughout the school day.
If you have any concerns or questions always contact the class or subject teacher.
Survey Results and Feedback for us!
Last term we issued a survey regarding the Portfolio Conference Evening (PCE). 33% of families responded to the survey and described positive experiences from this event. For the students, the conference evening is a key part of the learning process as they articulate how and what they learn, so it is different from the run-of-the-mill parent teacher interview.
Some feedback pointed to the idea that the traditional parent teacher interview is also useful, and this will be considered as we also analyse the data from teachers and students regarding PCE.
NAPLAN – Testing Times
Students in Years 3 and 5 will be participating in the NAPLAN over the next two weeks. They provide a snapshot of student learning at that time and it is useful data. We know that there is so much more to our students than a number or a benchmark and tests only measure so much.
If you have any questions or concerns about your son’s/daughter’s learning, please do not wait for the report to confirm your concerns, call or email to make a time for a meeting.
Ms Joanne Gilmore, Director of Teaching & Learning