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Using data in student feedback - Julie’s Story

This clip illustrates the courage of a teacher to be open to doing things differently. We see the power of sharing data with students, enabling them to make decisions about their learning. By including the students in decision-making about what they will learn (and how), and by maintaining high expectations (teacher and student), the teacher is successful in negotiating her way through the need for homework, as part of internal assessment.

Questions / Things to think about / Activities

  1.  In terms of Ka Hikitia, the Ministry's Māori education strategy which emphasises the importance of Māori students’ presence, engagement and achievement, what does our data-gathering tell us about the achievement of Māori students in our class/school?
  2. ERO (2007) identified common characteristics of good practice in kura kaupapa Māori, which could be relevant for our school. This includes teachers sharing assessment information with students to inform the next learning steps. In what ways could we meaningfully share data with students (and whānau) so that it has a positive impact on future engagement and achievement?
  3.  How do we include Māori students in decision-making that affects the quality of their education?
  4. ERO's report on Māori achievement (2006) highlighted that the weakest area of school performance was monitoring the effect of different programmes/interventions targeted at improving Māori achievement. How can we address this situation in our school?

What would ‘engagement’ look like in our classrooms; for example, sharing assessment information, leading to feed forward and the co-construction of new goals; co-operative learning; co-constructing the learning contexts and inquiry questions; problem-solving together; skilled teacher questioning to evoke critical thinking; motivating learners through integration of local knowledge and context?

Filed under: Ako | Effective teachers | Te Kotahitanga

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