The ongoing process of learning and development

Practitioners manage the ongoing process of learning and assessment. As part of this process they need to provide a firm foundation in terms of the curriculum area including providing appropriate examples and practice in what is being taught and learned.

Effective assessment is integrated into ongoing learning from starting a developmental learning sequence, unit or topic, learning the curriculum and demonstrating progress and achievement, to planning the next steps in learning.

Strategies for integrating assessment into the learning and teaching process challenge and motivate the learner:

  • Discuss and clarify with learners what are the learning goals and the success criteria
  • Use effective classroom discussion, questioning, observation, activities and tasks to elicit evidence of how learners are progressing towards the learning goals
  • Provide feedback that assists learners to move their learning forward
  • Encourage learners to take ownership of their own learning
  • Use learners as resources for one another.

Teaching practice ensures assessment supports learning when practitioners discuss with learners their existing knowledge and understandings and share with them the learning outcomes and success criteria for the activities in which they are participating.

This discussion enables learners to be clear about the nature and quality of work required to achieve success.
Classroom interaction and feedback provided by the practitioner should assist learners to review their progress and to plan the next steps forward.

Classroom dialogue encourages and enables learners to think and talk about their thinking and learning and thereby deepen their understanding of this learning and develop their ability to act as independent learners.

Growing ability in understanding how to learn in the curriculum area being studied will strengthen student ability to review their own learning and comment productively on that of their peers.​

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Updated 11/05/2016