Learning with Purpose: Our Visible Learning Approach

Corwin Professional Learning Leader, David Whitehead was back on campus recently and discussed the best ways to support staff to embed the principles of Visible Learning ® in teaching programs and the classroom. Visible Learning is all about clarity in pedagogy and how it can impact students’ learning. It provides learners with a clear vision and empowers them to reflect on their own learning and identify the next steps.

Our vision for learning is exemplified in all that we do and are at Sunshine Coast Grammar School and learning with purpose remains at the forefront of our direction. We continue to commit to Visible Learning ® practices and implement a number of strategies based on the work of Professor John Hattie. Contemporary professional development informs teacher practice and knowledge, to ensure students are engaged in learning and have a metacognitive understanding of classroom subject matter.

During our recent Student Free Day, staff engaged in research that relates to student ownership of learning. The professional learning session provided an insight into the four core components of a learner and focused on practical examples, tools and strategies of how to develop visible learners in our school. It was an opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved in this space, as we look forward purposefully with passion and purpose and continue to commit to Visible Learning practices and strategies.

As part of the professional development Secondary teachers reviewed learning dispositions. Dispositions are like habits- they are the complex mix of behaviours, values, attitudes, feelings and cognitive stories which enable students to navigate their way when learning[1]. A student disposed to learning is open, hopeful and ready to engage. Staff unpacked learner dispositions such as reflection, resilience, challenge and curiosity; particularly, identifying how students can develop in each of these areas, so they are best equipped to learn. Primary Teachers focussed on learning intentions and success criteria (how a student knows when and what they have learned). Teacher tools and reflection resources were evaluated to determine best practice in developing visible learners.  

At Sunshine Coast Grammar School, we have a mindset for the future and a vision for powerful learning – creating ethical, responsible and caring citizens of the world. Professional growth days, such as September 1, provide opportunities for our teaching staff to continue their own life-long learning, in order to foster students who are expert learners.

Fiona Roush
Dean of Teaching