Visible Learning

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In developing assessment-capable Visible Learners, it is vital that students know what is the purpose of each lesson and how they are able to show their success in achieving the purpose of the lesson. In Year 4 we are helping the students consolidate their understanding of the purpose of each lesson by referring to the WALTs and the WILFs of each lesson. The WALT (We Are Learning To…) refers to the Learning Intention of each lesson and the WILFs (What I’m Looking For…) refers to the Success Criteria the students need to demonstrate that they have achieved the purpose of the lesson. At the end of each learning activity the students self-reflect on their achievement of the success criteria. Currently this is done in the form of a brief discussion and our plan is to incorporate some written reflections later in the year.

An example of a WALT and WILF for a lesson is shown below:

WALT:

We are learning to use comprehension strategies to build meaning when we read

WILF:

I can use my prior knowledge to predict what this text might be about

I can use my knowledge of other texts to make a text-text connections

Our writing focus at the start of this term has been on poetry. The students are using the technique of the “Six Room Image Poem” as a way of helping them create a poem, based on an image from their mind. The idea is to create a list of words/phrases/questions based on the initial image, and use these ideas to write a poem. Some examples of the “Six Rooms” planning stage are shown below:

    

                       Sarah - 4M                                                          Sophie - 4W                                                          Duc - 4G

In Visual Arts we have been developing an understanding of the use of colours in the development of an Aboriginal Dot Painting. This is to complement our inquiry topic on the Life of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islander people before European settlement. The Aboriginal dot painting is designed to tell a story about a part of Aboriginal life and the Year 4 students have attempted to emulate this technique.

Uruha - 4M

Kevin - 4M

Venezia - 4W

Yan Xi - 4W

Samuel - 4G

Cedric - 4G