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1 The Principles of Learning and Teaching P-12 Training Program Office of Learning and Teaching

2 OUR EDUCATIVE PURPOSE What is powerful to learn? Victorian Essential Learning Standards What is powerful learning and what promotes it? Principles of Learning and Teaching LEARNER How do we know it has been learnt? Assessment Advice Who do we report to? Students Parents Colleagues School System

3 The Principles of Learning and Teaching P-12 (PoLT) 1.The learning environment is supportive and productive 2.The learning environment promotes independence, interdependence and self-motivation 3.Students’ needs, backgrounds, perspectives and interests are reflected in the learning program 4.Students are challenged and supported to develop deep levels of thinking and application 5.Assessment practices are an integral part of teaching and learning 6.Learning connects strongly with communities and practice beyond the classroom

4 Development of PoLT Principles adapted from the Middle Years Pedagogy Research and Development (MYPRAD) initiative and extended to be applicable across all stages of learning and all domains 2004 pilot in 44 primary and secondary schools 2005 delivery of PoLT Training Program to 531 schools (811 participants) 2006 delivery of PoLT Training Program to 148 schools (211 participants) This equates to almost 50% of Government schools participating in PoLT.

5 PoLT Training Program Includes: Leading Change Program Professional Development Program Critical Friend support

6 PoLT support materials Web-based resources for all schools: Background Paper Components of the Principles Principles Unpacked Online Professional Learning Resource

7 Components of Principle 4 4Students are challenged and supported to develop deep levels of thinking and application In learning environments that reflect this principle the teacher: 4.1 plans sequences to promote sustained learning that builds over time and emphasizes connections between ideas 4.2 promotes substantive discussion of ideas 4.3 emphasises the quality of learning with high expectations of achievement 4.4 uses strategies that challenge and support students to question and reflect 4.5 uses strategies to develop investigating and problem-solving skills 4.6 uses strategies to foster imagination and creativity

8 The Principles Unpacked 4.4 The teacher uses strategies that challenge and support students to question and reflect This component is demonstrated by teachers: introducing ideas by using interesting and challenging activities using short, group-based challenging activities to raise questions challenging students to reflect on their responses to tasks asking students to represent their understandings in a variety of ways encouraging students to see knowledge as a construction and to examine critically and even challenge information provided by the teacher, a textbook, a newspaper, etc.

9 Online Professional Learning Resource Flexible resource – may be used individually, in small groups or by teams May be used by schools who have already done PoLT training for further exploration, or by schools who wish to familiarise themselves with the Principles Includes theory, practical suggestions, vignettes, opportunities for reflection, access to further information and glossaries

10 The Action Research Model outlines the process through which individuals or groups can use to further develop skills and strategies related to their field of inquiry. Each section, or stage, of the PoLT Online Resource is linked to the process.

11 PoLT Training Program Based on: an explicit framework describing pedagogy a change model that reflects contemporary understandings of teacher learning and school improvement Provides a a structure for schools and clusters to: examine their teaching practice identify key areas for improvement develop a plan to initiate improvement monitor change Designed to be implemented over three years

12 PoLT Implementation Strategy

13 The Audit Instruments –Teacher questionnaire and Component Mapping –Student Perceptions –Student Learning –Professional Learning Team processes –Curriculum audit instrument –School audit –Cluster communication

14 Component Mapping 5: I consistently design tasks that are structured to challenge and support students to engage with deeper levels of understanding and practice through questioning, interpreting, and reflecting. 4: Between these 3: I tend to use tasks involving standard procedures and interpretations, but occasionally use challenging tasks that engage students with deeper levels of questioning and interpretation. 2: Between these 1: I almost always use tasks involving standard procedures with fixed response formats. I rarely use tasks that require deeper level questioning and interpretation. Comment Principle 4 Students are challenged and supported to develop deep levels of thinking and application 4.4 The teacher uses strategies that challenge and support students to question and reflect In my practice:

15 PoLT Professional Learning Modules Six modules, one for each principle Facilitates discussion about the principles Provide opportunities for collegial sharing of practice Develop a common language for talking about pedagogy PoLT coordinator facilitates delivery of the modules in the school

16 2005 Evaluation The principles depict effective teaching 96% agree or strongly agree Component mapping raises awareness of effective pedagogy 94% agree or strongly agree The PoLT program increases awareness of effective teaching 97% agree or strongly agree

17 Evaluation comments It has been very useful to see both strengths and weaknesses in my teaching and student perceptions of their learning Professional conversations were valued PoLT seen as a catalyst for professional dialogue with the students’ voice Valued discussion of results with a colleague in a non-threatening way and focusing on improving areas of weakness The focus on individual teaching practice is where the value lies Enabled reflection, structured support, direction, revitalisation Has increased professional exchange between teachers at our school with positive results Useful self-assessment of teachers to focus PD Staff ready to view change more favourably Provided shared language between professional learning teams and across the year levels Refocused my thinking back on to the ‘how’ and ‘why’


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