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In Week 4, our Year 7- 9 low literacy learners commence the WordFlyers programme to support their literacy development and their performance in May’s NAPLAN examination.
WordFlyers is a comprehensive online literacy program which brings students’ literacy skills up to standard in grammar, reading, comprehension, punctuation, vocabulary and writing.
The differentiated activities allow students to work at their ability, with a review level designed to bring struggling students up to standard.
By John Young, Principal. Published in Education Today magazine February 2019
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.’ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
I like to ponder the above quotation as I have thought learning should always be serious fun and so I asked an expert and here was his response -
‘The major notion of VISIBLE is to help make the invisible more visible. Yes learning is not often visible; yes 80% of what happens in a class a teacher does not see or hear; and much more – so how to resource schools to better understand these essential attributes. The Little Prince is so right – which is why we need to be concerned especially with the big hearts that most teachers have to truly make the difference.’ (Prof John Hattie, in correspondence, 2018)
John Hattie and Klaus Zierer’s, 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning: Teaching for Success (2018) provided a coherent vision to guide reform at Clarkson Community High School (CCHS). Visible Learning research provided a framework for school improvement. The understanding of school vision was a useful focus for the professional development, recruitment and selection of teachers in 2018.
Joanne Davies was Second in Charge of Learning Area of English and HaSS, intermittently Acting Head of Department at Clarkson Community High School in 2018. She started her journey at Clarkson as a student in 2002 and graduated in 2007. She wrote this article for Education Today magazine, which was published February 2019.
Hattie is renowned for his philosophy on ‘Visible Teaching and Learning’. He states that ‘accomplishing the maximum impact on student learning depends on teams of teachers working together, with excellent leaders or coaches, agreeing on worth-while outcomes, setting high expectations, knowing the students’ starting and desired success in learning, seeking evidence continually about their impact on all students, modifying their teaching in light of this evaluation, and joining in the success of truly making a difference to student out-comes.’ (Hattie, 2012). The Visible Teaching and Learning theory is grounded upon an analysis of hundreds of meta-analyses determining the effect size of numerous influences on student achievement.
Hattie, in collaboration with Klauz Zierer, defined and articulated 10 approaches to thinking that educators can adopt to maximise student outcomes (Hattie & Zierer, 2018).
John Young, Principal of Clarkson Community High School, has seen the difference visible learning makes. At Clarkson the faculty and staff are continuously propounding the question, how can we accelerate student learning? Our response to this query… an amalgamation of our research, shared beliefs, teaching and learning pedagogies and the use of data to inform instruction at a whole-school level, and at a classroom level. Young explains that “it is our belief that implementing Invitational Learning theory throughout every facet of our school has provided us with the best framework for success in re-culturing, re-structuring and re-timing of Clarkson Community High School” (2016).
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