How We Teach at Macgregor...

At Macgregor Primary School we have adopted ‘Explicit Teaching’ as the foundation for our instruction. It focuses on critical core content and breaking this down into smaller foundational blocks and sequences. Each lesson is organised and focused, with a clear goal and learning expectations outlined. Feedback is provided to children and children reflect on their learning.

This type of teaching approach enables our children to grasp the fundamentals through review and repeated practice. Our teachers focus on the basics in a fun and engaging way. The benefits to our children are both immediate and long-term.

"Visible Learning is when teachers see learning through the eyes of their students, and the students see themselves as the teachers." (John Hattie, 2013)

At our school, learning is 'visible'. This means that students will have a clear understanding of what they are learning, why it is important, and what 'success' will look like for every task they engage in.

Learning outcomes will be made clear to students and they will be taught how to self-assess and set personal learning goals, as well as how to plan to achieve each goal.

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(Individual and group targets are set and individual student growth is tracked and displayed on classroom walls.)

Assessment For Learning

Assessment for learning (AfL) acknowledges that assessment should occur as a regular part of teaching and learning and that the information gained from assessment activities can be used to shape the teaching and learning process.

Principles of Assessment for Learning

The following principles provide the criteria for judging the quality of assessment for learning.

AfL (Assessment for Learning) emphasises the interactions between learning and manageable assessment strategies that promote learning

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AfL (Assessment for Learning) clearly expresses for the student and teacher the goals of the teaching/learning

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AfL (Assessment for Learning) reflects a view of learning in which assessment helps students learn better, rather than just achieve a better mark

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AfL (Assessment for Learning) provides ways for students to use feedback from assessment

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AfL (Assessment for Learning) helps students take responsibility for their own learning

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AfL (Assessment for Learning) is inclusive of all learners

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The following characters help us to implement visible learning at Macgregor, and are found in every classroom across the school.


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(Images will vary from class to class, but meaning remains the same).

These acronyms have been developed by educational researcher and author, Shirley Clarke, as an easily remembered checklist for teachers. We are now using them in our classes at Macgregor.

WALT stands for "We are Learning To…". It is a reinterpretation of the teachers lesson objectives (or learning intentions), phrased in a way that students can easily understand.

WILF stands for "What I'm Looking For". It is a way of explaining the things students need to do in their work in order to be successful. "By the end of the lesson your work will look like ..."