There are two strands within this cluster project – ICT with ICT facilitators and AFL with Evaluation Associates facilitators cascading to Lead AFL teachers
AFL will provide lead teachers with strategies to promote constructivist learning principles and guidance for formative assessment in the classroom. This is linked to improving teaching practice while using the computer as a tool to enhance learning.
The Assessment for Learning programme is based on the premise that formative assessment guides and facilitates the learner to achieve to their optimum potential
It is run at our school by Evaluation Associates who are funded by the MOE to provide a contract to schools, our commitment is to provide the funding for release for teachers to take part in the programme
Each school in our cluster has different PD learning needs. Two schools are running the AFL and ICT facilitation side by side with different teachers on each programme. Teachers will all complete both programmes. One school has opted to run the ICT programme one year and the AFL the next year. The remaining school is very small and runs both programmes concurrently.
Current research supports the view that PD needs to be situated in the context of the classroom – also that teachers need opportunities to participate “in a professional community that discusses new teacher material and strategies and also supports the risk taking and struggle entailed in transforming practice” (McLaughlin & Talbert, 1993)
“ Teachers should be involved in planning their own learning experiences rather than being passive recipients of knowledge” (Lai, KW 1999)
Learners have control and ownership of the learning process