Nod to vis­i­ble learn­ing

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Private & International School Guide - Vis­i­ble Learn­ing en­cour­ages stu­dents to set their own goals and con­trib­ute feed­back.

FOR most par­ents, choos­ing the right school for their chil­dren can be daunt­ing. Af­ter all, the many hours and ex­pe­ri­ences chil­dren go through at school will ul­ti­mately shape their per­son­al­ity and char­ac­ter.

One im­por­tant as­pect to con­sider is the method of teach­ing.

Pri­vate and in­ter­na­tional schools of to­day are far from be­ing cen­tres that spoon-feed stu­dents with in­for­ma­tion but rather a place where stu­dents learn the re­quired skills to over­come life chal­lenges and ex­cel in the com­pet­i­tive 21st cen­tury.

In ad­di­tion to find­ing an in­sti­tu­tion with good fa­cil­i­ties such as a sports field, well-stocked li­brary and well-equipped lab­o­ra­to­ries, par­ents must also be sure that the school pro­vides top-class ed­u­ca­tion un­der the su­per­vi­sion of ded­i­cated and pas­sion­ate teach­ers.

Re­cent years have seen growth in the ev­i­dence-based Vis­i­ble Learn­ing ap­proach. Re­searched and de­vel­oped by Prof John Hat­tie of the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne, this ap­proach looks at en­hanc­ing the role of teach­ers as they be­come eval­u­a­tors of their own teach­ing and see learn­ing through the eyes of stu­dents.

Stu­dents are taught how to set their own goals while recog­nis­ing the im­por­tance of lis­ten­ing to and giv­ing feed­back. This gives them the op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on their mis­takes.

Fur­ther­more, they de­velop the abil­ity to know what they have to do to suc­ceed, with clear learn­ing in­ten­tions and suc­cess cri­te­ria.

This learn­ing ap­proach has been adopted across Aus­tralia, New Zealand, the United States as well as other parts of the world such as Scan­di­navia.

The Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional School Malaysia is the first and only cer­ti­fied Vis­i­ble Learn­ing school in South-East Asia.

Cre­at­ing, edit­ing and re­set­ting learn­ing goals through­out the year is com­mon among stu­dents and ev­ery child is en­cour­aged to be in­de­pen­dent and re­spon­si­ble for his or her learn­ing.

Based on the re­sults of such an ap­proach, teach­ers con­clude that Vis­i­ble Learn­ing pro­duces sig­nif­i­cant tan­gi­ble im­prove­ments in di­ag­nos­tic test­ing data and stu­dent en­gage­ment.

The find­ings also suggest that stu­dents’ pre-univer­sity re­sults will con­tinue to im­prove with the con­tin­u­ous im­ple­men­ta­tion of Vis­i­ble Learn­ing.

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