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Creating teaching and learning programs

Some suggestions for creating teaching and learning programs.

Tracking student progress

Keeping records of assessment activities in a methodical way will provide a direct link to reporting. Record-keeping procedures could include: anecdotal records, observation notes, marks and grades, running records, comments and descriptions, time sampling, tracking sheets, checklists, portfolios, rating scales and student profiles. More information can be found here.

What should you consider when you design a task?

A single task can often measure achievement in relation to several objectives. Consider the nature and structure of the task so that you:

  • make the requirements of the task as clear as possible
  • choose questions or activities that assess the chosen objectives and allow students to demonstrate appropriate outcomes
  • make any sources or stimulus material clear and appropriate to the task
  • anticipate the likely range of student responses.

Creating teaching and learning programs

This website contains many teaching and learning activities, suggested unit plans, classroom resources and professional reading to assist in the development of learning programs, particularly for Stage 5 students. Some direct links can be found here that will help locate these.

This website contains many teaching and learning activities, suggested unit plans, classroom resources and professional reading to assist in the development of learning programs, particularly for Stage 5 students. There are four major teaching units on this website. You can easily access teaching guidance here.

Assessment

Assessment should be structured so that students can demonstrate a range of outcomes through a variety of assessment tools and measurement techniques during the course time. The selected method of gathering and measuring this information is the responsibility of schools and teachers. Teachers should endeavour to select instruments based on the principles of effective assessment and the purpose for which the gathered information will be used.

Reporting student progress

Reporting of student achievement has a number of purposes for a range of audiences, and it may take a variety of forms. The form of a report must relate to its intended purpose and audience. It is also important to note that values and attitudes are an integral part of learning. Assessment and reporting of them, however, should be distinct from the assessment and reporting of knowledge, understanding and skills. Keeping records of assessment activities in a methodical way will provide a direct link to reporting. Record-keeping procedures could include:

  • anecdotal records
  • marks and grades
  • running records
  • comments and descriptions
  • time sampling
  • tracking sheets
  • checklists
  • portfolios
  • rating scales
  • student profiles.

You may wish to review the current NSW History and Geography syllabuses available at the Board of Studies NSW website.

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