Teaching and Learning
At Kelmscott Primary School we adhere to the Western Australian Curriculum with our vision, 'Dynamic schooling, innovative students, nurturing community' at the forefront of everything we do. Our teachers plan collaboratively in Professional Learning teams and moderate student achievement against the SCSA judging standards. We currently have a strong focus on numeracy and literacy and promote creativity through innovative learning experiences. From 2016, we will be introducing the iStar pedagogical framework into all classrooms. This framework follows the principles of John Hattie's Visible Learning and provides students with opportunity to engage in learning experiences that cater for different learning styles at individual levels. This pedagogical model consists of the following lesson components:
Inform / Inspire: Communicating to all students explicitly the purpose of the lesson and the intended learning outcomes for all learners. Specifically it will involve students knowing what they will be learning, what the teacher will be looking for (outcomes) and how the learning will take place.
Show / Share: The teacher shows all students explicitly how they would approach the learning. In the process of showing, the teacher shares the strategies they have explicitly selected to successfully accomplish the learning intentions. Opportunities for questioning and explanation are inbuilt here enabling all students to clarify how it could be possible to accomplish the learning intentions before the students try for themselves.
Try / Transfer: Students are given the opportunity to try and practise their learning together. Multiple opportunities are required for all students to try, interact, practise and accomplish the learning intentions together cooperatively.
Apply / Action: Students are given the opportunity to apply / action their new learning, independently of the teacher. This is the opportunity for the student to demonstrate the extent of control over their new learning. It is also an opportunity for the teacher to gather instant feedback and track students' progress towards achieving the intended learning outcomes. Teachers will be able to provide specific interventions at this point according to student feedback and needs, addressing misconceptions instantly.
Review / Revise: Students are given the opportunity to show the teacher the progress they have made towards achieving the intended outcome. Students and the teacher revise their thoughts regarding future learning needs. This is where the teacher assesses what the students have learnt so far, what more they need to learn and how the teacher will plan for their future learning. It incorporates both notions of feedback and feed forward in learning.