We recently welcomed Dr Lyn Sharratt to the College,
Educational Consultant, Lyn has been working with schools across the world,
assisting them to provide innovative and effective strategies to increase
teachers’ understanding of student capabilities and to design learning
experiences to increase student achievement.
Lyn has been working with our Brisbane Catholic Education
Pedagogy team and visited San Sisto to share an afternoon talking about
learning and teaching in secondary schools.
Our teachers and students were eager to showcase their
classroom experience and share explanations and stories of what learning looked
like in our classrooms. Lyn was excited that learning was visible and students
could explain, in detail, the purpose of their learning and the steps they were
taking to achieve improvement.
The team was particularly interested in our work designing 'Bump It Up' Models. These text models allow students to view examples of At
Standard and Above Standard responses with specific and detailed instructions
for improving the quality of written work. Lyn commented that our use of 'Bump
It Up' models made the steps to writing improvement clear and provided detailed
guidance for students to improve their writing across our subject areas. Our
teachers designed these writing models to help explain the steps needed to
successfully improve the detail in student writing. The models show,
specifically how to 'Bump Up' their written responses. They are displayed in
classrooms and are being used as part of our planning and drafting processes.
Lyn shared her insight and experience about best practice.
Teachers and students gained from her knowledge and enjoyed the passion she
showed for quality teaching and learning. Further reading about Dr Lyn Sharratt
and her work in education can be found on her website: lynsharratt.com. We
continued to work with Lyn for the afternoon where she provided detailed
feedback for us about the types of learning experiences she could observe
students engaging with throughout their day. This discussion affirmed the work
we are doing in our classrooms each day and provided further direction for
building assessment-capable and confident learners.