The Learning Journey
Along one of the walls in my classroom, is a long orange arrow; it’s my class’ learning journey.
In The Perfect Ofsted Lesson, Jackie Beere talks about differentiated learning outcomes and using an arrow as a visual image that represents progress towards a bigger goal. Children can then mark where they are along the arrow to show progress (or not, if that’s the case, too).
Immediately I could see how this might be particularly useful in literacy, where we often work in units towards a final outcome. So I stuck up the big orange arrow and wrote our current unit learning outcome at the end of it: ‘I can write a biography of Warhol and Lichtenstein.’ Then I gave each pupil a post-it note on which they wrote their name. Now at the end end of each lesson, they think about how close they are to that final outcome and adjust themselves along the arrow accordingly.
It’s made for some interesting viewing. In particular some children deciding they were halfway towards the final outcome after just the first lesson and then reviewing that choice after they realised that actually they weren’t quite that close, quite that quickly.
I would say children need the opportunity to practise assessing their own learning and progress in lots of different ways and this is just one possibility. How do you encourage and develop self-assessment?