SCHOLAR Conference 2012 - Creating Confident, Independent Learners - Carole Graham

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SCHOLAR Conference 2012 - Creating Confident, Independent Learners - Carole Graham

  1. 1. SCHOLARA programme of Heriot-Watt University Carole Graham Tynecastle High School Modern Languages Teacher
  2. 2. SCHOLARA programme of Heriot-Watt University Raising attainment – bridging the gap SCHOLAR – an excellent tool Curriculum for Excellence 7 design principles Creating confident learners and raising attainment Practical experience
  3. 3. SCHOLARA programme of Heriot-Watt University Firstly, I’ll give the background as to why I find SCHOLAR such an excellent tool in helping create confident learners and raise attainment. Secondly, how I see it fitting in with CfE – with particular focus on the 7 design principles. Thirdly, perhaps most relevant to today’s theme how I personally use it/have used it to try to create confident learners and raise attainment.
  4. 4. SCHOLARA programme of Heriot-Watt University Firstly, Many present will empathize with the current situation in schools where in the upper school we are being asked to teach bi/tri-level classes. This - by its very nature makes it difficult to raise attainment. (My case study: being asked to teach AH/H/I2 – one class). DETAIL. (2 AH/10 Higher/6 I2S) Panic!
  5. 5. SCHOLARA programme of Heriot-Watt University How was I going to manage this logistically let alone raise attainment? Answer: SCHOLAR! (Incidentally - in this tri-level class we managed to achieve a 100% pass rate) Why did I find SCHOLAR so useful in this “situation”? How given these constraints can we succeed in creating confident learners and at the same time endeavour to raise attainment?
  6. 6. SCHOLARA programme of Heriot-Watt University SCHOLAR has: “Tailor-made” materials for the 4 assessable elements: Reading/Speaking/Listening/Writing Set with progressive levels: especially AH Ideal for Independent Learning thereby instilling confidence (which in bi-level/tri-level classes pupils were going to be obliged to do). Also an ideal preparation for University-style learning!
  7. 7. SCHOLARA programme of Heriot-Watt University But I could still carefully monitor their work – even if they were not in class! Therefore, I would say that SCHOLAR has gone a long way to help create Confident learners to help pupils achieve progressively and monitor their own attainment!
  8. 8. SCHOLARA programme of Heriot-Watt University Curriculum for Excellence Challenge and Enjoyment Breadth Progression Depth Personalisation and Choice** Coherence Relevance
  9. 9. SCHOLARA programme of Heriot-Watt University Secondly, How do I see SCHOLAR fitting in with CfE in creating confident learners whilst at the same time raising attainment relating this to the 7 design principles? 1. challenge and enjoyment: (enjoy independent learning/challenging materials) If pupils enjoy something generally this automatically helps raise attainment. 2. breadth: covers broad spectrum on themes
  10. 10. SCHOLARA programme of Heriot-Watt University 3. progression: (built-in levels of progress H/AH). This in itself builds confidence as they achieve at each level. 4. depth: enough material for pupils to explore 5. personalisation & choice: ** key aims. Pupils can largely choose how they use the programme. (More under the assessment process).
  11. 11. SCHOLARA programme of Heriot-Watt University 6. coherence: themes dealt with coherently 7. relevance: (tailor-made to correspond with SQA courses & exams) AND TO DEVELOPING SKILLS FOR TOMORROW’S WORLD ADDITIONALLY DEVELOPING SKILLS IS A KEY AIM OF CfE.
  12. 12. SCHOLARA programme of Heriot-Watt University Thirdly, How do I use SCHOLAR to help create confident learners and raise attainment? On a day-to-day basis when giving feedback to Pupils – I ask them to work on their individual weaknesses using SCHOLAR (e.g. grammar section - expand). Integral part of their homework.
  13. 13. SCHOLARA programme of Heriot-Watt University I can monitor their use of SCHOLAR: (Big Brother is watching you!/interesting to see times/**bring it up on screen in class!) When assessing/marking work/NABS I can easily see improvement in pupils who are using the programme regularly and at the same time see areas of weakness. (Rahat)
  14. 14. SCHOLARA programme of Heriot-Watt University Pupil perspective: (Rahat will speak more about this) I think I can safely say they become more confident individuals, successful learners, effective contributors which hopefully also helps them raise attainment. So yes SCHOLAR does help raise attainment and bridges gaps in our current educational environment.
  15. 15. SCHOLARA programme of Heriot-Watt University This is reflected in their ability to learn independently, prepare for speaking presentations and vitally prepare themselves thoroughly for exams and assessments – NABS ETC. SCHOLAR fits with – with the design principles of CfE ideal for independent learning
  16. 16. SCHOLARA programme of Heriot-Watt University certainly provides challenging materials relevant to SQA courses and themes & developing KEY SKILLS (needed today & tomorrow) and can provide enjoyment (I hope Rahat will testify to this!) most importantly it helps us to raise attainment! (main objective summative assessment)
  17. 17. SCHOLARA programme of Heriot-Watt University I certainly see SCHOLAR as an excellent tool for both formative and summative assessment but more importantly it can help us to raise attainment. I’d now like to introduce you to Rahat who will give a pupil perspective with regard to using SCHOLAR and his practical experience of some of the points have mentioned.
  18. 18. SCHOLARA programme of Heriot-Watt University Interviews: 1. How did you use SCHOLAR at school? 2. Do you think it helped you raise attainment? 3. Apart from helping you to raise your attainment did it help you to be a more confident learner at school?

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