As per the standards set for High Reliability Schools, a professional teaching framework is required to improve the professional teaching and learning standards within the school. Since 2014, Flagstaff Hill R-7 School has implemented the Art and Science of Teaching (ASOT) framework. Our school has been focusing on making learning visible to students and parents through the use of clear learning goals and tuft sheets (rubrics) and this is now embedded in our practice.
All staff are using the formats of WALT (We Are Learning To...) and WILF (What I'm Looking For...) to make learning goals clear and explicit in all English and Mathematics lessons. Staff are also creating and implementing 'tuft sheets' (child-friendly proficiency scales) to share unit learning goals and assessment criteria with students. Students are learning to track their individual progress on tuft sheets and demonstrate their learning successes.
During 2018, staff will look at the ASOT framework holistically to map lesson and unit planning from a student-outcomes perspective. All professional development opportunities, including student-free days and teacher meetings, relate specifically to the ASOT journey with the intention of further embedding our practice.