Saturday, June 1, 2013

Personalised Learning

This year we  are a personalised learning pod.  This means that the children in the four home rooms move to different groups within the pod for spelling, reading, writing, numeracy/mathematics and inquiry/connected learning. 

Personalised learning is all about  tailoring teaching and learning to individual needs and is essential in helping children to achieve the best possible progress and outcomes. It is critical in raising standards and narrowing  gaps that exist between different groups of pupils.  The pedagogy of personalisation is distinguished by the way it expects all children to reach or exceed national expectations, to fulfil their early promise and develop latent potential. 

Planning for progression and differentiation are fundamental. High expectations of progress apply equally to children and young people working above, at, or below age-related expectations, including those who have been identified as having special educational needs. 

There is an expectation of participation, fulfilment and success; and teaching and learning is characterised by tailored objectives, challenging personal goals, rapid intervention to keep pupils on trajectory and rigorous assessment to check and maintain pupil progress.

We use formative assessment (both oral & written) to ...
To praise or build confidence
To pose questions
To establish a dialogue
To correct an error
To challenge and extend thinking

To clarify thinking or suggest a new approach

There are 5 main parts of personalisation...

  1. Learning how to learn ( helping the children to develop a repertoire of learning skills to support development as self-directed learners)
  2. Assessment for learning (using a range of assessment that engages the learner e.g. self and peer)
  3. Teaching and learning strategies ( wide range of teaching & learning strategies  with both students & teachers making informed decisions about what strategy to use and when)
  4. Curriculum choice (opportunities to develop individual pathways that develop skills rather than just knowledge)
  5. Mentoring and support ( 1:1 relationship with home class teacher and other teachers within the pod and a wide range of peer support )

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