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A Growth Approach to Learning

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26 October 2018

A Growth Approach to Learning

A Growth Approach to Learning

A colleague from Melbourne shared with me a recent Dean’s Lecture, presented by Professor Andrew Martin (Uni NSW), at The University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education. The lecture focused on Growth Goals and Growth Mindset in today’s classroom. A growth approach, requires students to focus on personal learning progress, and outperforming their own previous efforts and achievement, to optimise academic potential (rather than focusing on outperforming others).

Carol Dwek’s research into ‘Growth Mindset’ and Andrew’s work on ‘growth goals’ highlight the importance of a growth approach for student accomplishment.  

As, highlighted in my recent e-news article, valuing the processof learning, not just the outcome is critical. This generation of children are used to adult daily dialogue peppered with ‘well done, good job, great work’, to the point of it having little to no impact – praise is so free flowing that it has lost its meaning for many children!  It is much more powerful to make a comment on a child’s effort or the strategies they have employed in undertaking tasks. E.g. ‘You tried really hard on that’, ‘That was a very responsible thing you did’, It was brave of you to....’, ‘I could tell you worked hard with your group because...’or ‘You really took ownership of that’. These comments name the behaviour that we are encouraging a child to continue.

Sometimes, the two most powerful word are, ‘I noticed’.  ‘I noticed that you took great care with your note taking, I noticed that you have been practicing your number facts, I noticed that you had a go at the 800m race that you found challenging last year!’. They provide no judgement, and encourage the child to self-evaluate.

This week, our Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will receive their 2018 NAPLAN results.  We are very pleased with high levels of achievement, and are interpreting these results alongside our ongoing assessments and other forms of assessment. The most powerful assessments that we have are our formative assessments – these are the assessments that guide future learning – and self-assessments, which require students to engage in their learning. 

The following NAPLAN data shows the average achievement of a child’s peer group at the school against achievement bands compared to the national average and the percentage of students who achieved at or above the national literacy and numeracy minimum standard, compared with their peers throughout South Australia.

YEAR 3

NAPLAN

Average Achievement

of Peer Group

National Average

% of Scotch Students Band 2 and Above

Reading

Band 6

Band 4

100

Writing

Band 5

Band 4

100

Spelling

Band 5

Band 4

100

Grammar and Punctuation

Band 6

Band 5

100

Numeracy

Band 5

Band 4

100

The national minimum standard for Year 3 is Band 2. 100% of Scotch students achieved the national minimum standard.

YEAR 5

NAPLAN

Average Achievement of Peer Group

National Average

% of Scotch Students Band 4 and Above

Reading

Band 7

Band 6

100

Writing

Band 6

Band 5

100

Spelling

Band 6

Band 6

100

Grammar and Punctuation

Band 7

Band 6

100

Numeracy

Band 6

Band 6

99

 

The national minimum standard for Year 5 is Band 4. 99.8% of Scotch students achieved the national minimum standard.

Ieva Hampson
Head of Mitcham Campus

Congratulations to Daniel O’Connor, Ella O’Connor, Aneesa Shaki, Thangam Verghese, Winter Birkett and Keagan Wallac… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…