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 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. Staff use the ASOT framework 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.

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Tuft sheets

You may hear some funny words floating around Flagstaff Hill R-7 School, with staff and students talking about how many 'tufts' a response has achieved. Don’t worry, we’re just talking in child-friendly assessment and feedback language. The term 'tufts' is used as a growth analogy, relating to the number of 'hairs' on the head of a smiling face on our criteria sheets for assessment tasks. The following table shows you how the tufts relate to A-E grade assessment.

By talking in 'tufts' students are able to understand that they can improve their marks over time through effort and further learning, just as hair grows on their head. It is also important to note that it doesn’t matter what level the student is at, as long as he or she is making progress. To explain expectations at each tuft level, teachers are creating assessment criteria sheets written in child-friendly language. These sheets provide a clear translation of the achievement standards in the Australian Curriculum. Teachers will discuss these with students before and during their work on an assessment task, and use these to provide feedback to students to improve their work before the final grading is received. Teachers are working in teams to create tuft sheets in many learning areas.

Parents are welcome to view these at any time and use the criteria to know how they can help their child.

Page last edited: January 31, 2020