South Australian public education students from preschool to year 12 are changing the way they are taught and how they learn, following a successful pilot program that has given students a voice to influence learning and teaching practices.
The Teaching for Effective Learning (TfEL) program gets students to think about and discuss their learning in depth by recognising the importance of intellectual challenge, identifying where this is happening within their classrooms, and providing feedback on how this could be improved.
Learning teams have been formed in schools and preschools across the Marion Coast, Adelaide-Prospect and Uleybury partnerships to actively drive learning improvement processes by co-designing changes in their learning programs.
The participating schools are focused on understanding how to foster intellectual challenge or ‘stretch thinking’ in numeracy and literacy, and design learning that supports this.
Last term school principals and students travelled from Victoria and New South Wales to learn about these innovations from the SA principals and students.