How many marks does this carry?

Posted 8 September 2017 9:57am

In this edition of eNews you will both watch and read about our students learning. These are exciting projects that encourage students’ higher level thinking. We ask them to be inquisitive, to research and to suggest ways to solve problems. These are skills that will serve them well in the future.

Sometimes we think assessment is all about measurement, of both the students’ and the teachers’ capabilities, but I believe it should be about fuelling our students’ learning, creating change for them and informing innovation that comes from them.

We want our students to be curious about the world rather than judgmental, fearful or deficit-orientated. We don’t want their first question to be: “How many marks does this carry?” Or, “Is this the right answer?” We want them to know that perseverance will help them to reach their goal and there is no possibility of doing so if you give up at the first set-back.

As a teacher, one of the most rewarding things is to see students become independent in their thinking. To ask questions that challenge us and to grow in confidence and enthusiasm as they learn.  

Anne Coutts