TEACHING AND LEARNING AT EASTLEA

Eastlea Community School is a learning community that provides students with a safe, stimulating, creative and dynamic learning environment that strives for excellence, values achievement and mutual respect for all. In order to realise this vision we are determined to ensure that teaching and learning is focussed on achieving excellent outcomes for all students. Our set of consistent practices highlights key elements for delivering lessons that achieve our vision.

 

These include:

  • Using The Dynamic Progress Reporting System (DPR) to track, monitor and set personalised targets for our students. By doing this students become more aware of their learning pathways and how to achieve their targets.

  • Building in checks, which identify where progress has been made, provide timely feedback and “Fix-it Time” so that students can take purposeful actions to improve their performance.

  • Providing and developing a platform for deeper reflection, exploration and questioning. 

  • Identifying, addressing and developing strategies that enhance students’ skills in Literacy and Numeracy. 

  • Knowing the needs of each student, plan for and ensure all are enabled to achieve excellent outcomes.

 

All these elements are achieved against a programme of Continuous Professional Development and a quest for excellence which is evidence by our status as a PIXL School.

DYNAMIC PROGRESS REPORTING AT EASTLEA

Our school uses the Dynamic Progress Reporting (DPR) software to monitor and report on your learning in different subjects. You will have key learning objectives, which you must work towards securing. You will be assessed regularly and will be awarded the following:

 

E: Emerging

D: Developing

 

C: Consolidating

 

S: Secured

 

You can access the DPR from school or from home. Please make sure you login to the DPR regularly (weekly) and check the feedback your teachers are giving. In addition, you should share your DPR login details with your parents/carers and private tutors so they can support you with your learning. You can also upload evidence of your work to show how you are achieving the key learning objectives in your different subjects. As a school we also monitor how frequently you login to the DPR in order to check the level of your learning engagement and self-regulation.

FLIPPED LEARNING AT EASTLEA

An overview of Flipped Learning at Eastlea Community School - our aim is:

  • to increase students’ attainment and progress through improvements to homework (assignment)

  • to reinvigorate the attitudes surrounding homework (assignment)

  • to increase the proportion of pupils submitting quality homework (assignment)

  • to foster independent learning

 

Our rationale:

  • At the start of 2017 we decided to critique many facets of our Teaching and Learning structures to see if there was opportunity to make attainment and progress gains.

  • Homework was consistently stated by parents at Parents Evening, as a facet they would like to play a more prominent part in their child’s education.

  • There was a clear opportunity to reinvigorate the School’s approach to homework. This could result in altering the existing attitudes of both staff and students to homework and effect improvements in attainment.

  • Flipped Learning was a possible mechanism to make this transformation.

 

What is Flipped Learning?  

Flipped learning is the pre-lesson preparation, reflection and questioning that pupils undertake to help inform a teacher’s planning (Mazur, 1997). Prior to a lesson a classroom teacher directs pupils towards specific resources (often online media) that they digest and respond to. This information can then be utilised by the teacher to inform the planning of their next classroom session. To learn more about Flipped Learning watch 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot_dKs_LRf0

The Flipped Cycle: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Flipped Journey: 

“Education is a two-step process. The first step, you need to transfer information. In the second step, the learner needs to do something with that information — build mental models, make sense of it, be able to see how that information and the knowledge embedded in it applies to the world around us.” (Mazur, 2013)

It is this idea of thrusting the importance of learning onto the student that drives the flipped methodology.

 

What is the Purpose of Flipped Learning?

Flipped learning is an aid to the education process. Its purpose is to enable the student to attempt the learning process prior to class and for the teacher to support, clear up the uncertainties and stretch pupils during lesson time. 

Benefits of Flipped Learning:

• Students will be in control of their learning and performance

• Students’ questioning improves

• Greater choice for students – becoming independent in their learning

• Students support each other

• Technology will be used to enhance the learning experience

• More purposeful lessons in school

References:

Bergman, J., Sams, A., (2012), Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day, ISTE, ASCD

Evolution Article, 2013, The Flipped Classroom will Redefine the Role of Educators, http://www.evolution.com/distance_online_learning/audio-flipped-classroom-redefine- role-educators-10-years/

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