Dear Parents and Carers
It has been a full term and with three weeks left of term 1 now is a time for consolidation of learning and reflection on what we need to do together to enhance learning for all.
What works best: Evidenced- based practices to help improve NSW student performance
In our Pastoral Academic Care Meetings, we have been revisiting this article published by the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation. This article brings together seven themes from the growing area of evidence we have for what works to improve student learning. The themes discussed are -
Use of data to inform practice
These themes do not work in isolation and overlap and connect with one another. Providing effective feedback is integral to explicit teaching. Being explicit about the learning goals of a lesson and the criteria for success gives high expectation in a form students can understand and aim for. Good classroom management provides for a positive learning environment where collaboration and explicit teaching can occur.
Our work together as a learning community hinges on collaboration around key areas that improve student learning. Our aim is for every student to grow with their learning every day they are here at O’Connor. With that comes expectations on us as teachers, parents and students. An expectation for teachers is that work to provide a positive learning environment where students are engaged and stretched to achieve learning growth. For students it means having a go every day, in every class, that their behaviour does not interrupt their learning or the learning of others, that they advocate for their learning, they ask for help or more challenging work when required. For parents, it means ensuring that students are at school every day (except when they are sick) on time, attendance matters and a day here or there adds up, it means discussing their son/daughters learning and valuing the educational opportunities on offer. Together we can work to enhance learning for all.