Students at Cornwall Park District School became reflective learners by using Learning Journals in KnowledgeNet.
"In our school, e-learning is part of effective cycles of reflection and assessment, involving the wider community."
Teachers at Cornwall Park District School wanted to foster an environment where teachers and students had a shared understanding of learning. They asked, how would they know when students had learnt something, and what should students’ next steps for learning be.
The teachers recognised potential for KnowledgeNET , part of the school’s online management system, to be used to:
To explore this potential further they asked:
Using writing, and other curriculum areas, the teachers instigated the use of student learning journals enabling:
“We decided that we needed to provide opportunities for student voice and to help our students become more focused on their role in the learning process.”
Students became more engaged in reviewing their progress and achievement through the subsequently increased use of self-assessment .
They found more opportunities to critique their work and achievement against success criteria or exemplars using the Learning Journals and benefitted from Learning Journal's ability to enable them to capture their thinking at critical times during the process.
As students became more confident to lead conversations about their learning, opportunities for caregivers, family, and whānau to comment and respond also increased.
Teachers identified the following elements in their teaching and classroom environment that contributed to success:
As a result of the teaching and learning the following questions for future teaching were identified:
“We noticed the meaningful and delightful moments when students spontaneously and confidently share their learning in response to increased clarity and ownership of their learning.”
Through using Learning Journals in KnowledgeNet the school noticed that students showed:
The school recognised that teachers showed: