My initial thoughts stem from the PD that I have been involved in so far this year:
1. Reading 'The Positive Mindset' by Carol Dweck
2. Listening to Carol Dweck in person in Christchurch during Term 1
3. Hearing Holly Clark at the GAFE Summit Christchurch discuss reflection in student portfolios
4. The Learning Pit - constantly being tweeted about
It was also clearly illustrated in an image that was shared with me this last week:
How can making thinking visible help students see the connections that allow them to effectively reflect on their learning both academically and in developing a postivie mindset?
The key words are visible thinking, effective student reflection and positive mindset.
This is supported by the principles of modern learning that require student agency - to be empowered by a sense of ownership over their own self directed learning.
It also supports the Springston School beliefs that learning should be:
Challenging: We will …
- provide opportunity for students to be in charge of their learning
Relevant, Clear and Purposeful: We will …
- co-construct success criteria to unpack learning outcomes
Supported with Modelling, Exemplars and Assessments: We will …
- provide learners with the tools they need to set goals and plan for their own learning
- reinforce reflection as part of the learning process
- provide time for self-reflection and assessment
- teach tools that lead to deeper reflection and self-assessment
- give meaningful feedback/forward - allowing time to act upon advice