Old Guildford PS likened the instructional rounds findings to an onion, you can go deeper and deeper as you peel away each layer. They planned a whole school commitment to implementing change, starting with a review of the Assessment Waterfall as in the book, "Clarity". They found that their Learning Intentions had much more meaning to students after embedding the "why". Learning was selected to focus on "Big Ideas".
In Early Stage 1 teachers engaged students in co-constructing the Success Criteria (SC). A portable Bump It Up Wall was created using the imagery of ice-creams (left hand side image). Students were prompted to use the SC to improve their responses. The images on the far left show an initial student drawing and then a revised effort after teacher promoting. In Stage 1 teachers emphasised using the Five Key Questions from "Clarity"during the lesson. Work samples were developed as models of success at each level of the Bump It Up Wall (right-hand side image). During home learning there was an emphasis on teachers giving feedback based on the SC.
Stage 2 also concentrated on Big Ideas eg "Why are positive relationships essential to a happy and healthy life?" Aligned with this was co-construction of the SC as well as an emphasis on effective feedback. This approach has resulted in less teach talk and more student talk; and "less lamination- more co-creation". The Stage 3 emphasis was to start with what teachers were already doing and make it even better. Their learning focused on the Big Idea of "interconnectedness" and the process of writing information reports.
The representatives from Old Guildford PS emphasised that this had been a journey and there had been much growth from leaders, teachers and students along the way. This is a shared journey and it still has a way to go. You can view the full Powerpoint presented at the Follow Up visit in the document on the right-hand side.