assessmentforlearning

Starting the year right – building learning-focused relationships

If we want students who are confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners, how do we maximise the beginning of the school year to ensure this happens? We often use words such as ‘learning’ and ‘learner’ with our students, yet how often do we stop and check that they understand what these words...

Whānau matters - how you can create partnerships for learning

As a teacher who is also Māori, I place significant value on whanaungatanga – building and maintaining relationships. And, as an educator, I know how critical it is for schools to build learning-focused relationships with parents and whānau. At the beginning of the year it is important to consider ways you can effectively begin...

Assessment in the Service of Learning

Mary Chamberlain reports from the International Symposium on Classroom Assessment 2014. In schools where assessment is being used in the service of learning we are seeing devolution of power. Responsibility for learning is being shared with learners. Creating the conditions that enable students to take shared responsibility for...

Developing and encouraging active learners

"If we position our students to be successful, they will be successful." Pauline Gibbons  Active learners – learners who are able to take ownership of their own learning – are becoming successful lifelong learners. Active learners believe in themselves as learners and understand that they are able to exert...

Empowering learners: sharing the locus of control

“You don’t have to be frightened about learning. You just have to be prepared to ask lots of questions . . . to find out what you don’t know. I like helping the others too . . .” Derek - Year 6 ‘priority learner’  Confident, connected and actively involved life-long learners The New...

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