“A lot of people never use their
initiative because no-one told them to.”
The Confidence and Independence TLC will look to build student autonomy and encourage students to use their
initiative. All students have some responsibility for their own development in
school; we will be building upon this and trying to encourage students to take
responsibility for devising their own learning strategies and evaluating and
assessing their own progress. This will include students planning the next
stage of their development and determining a pace and level of challenge which
is appropriate to their ability.
OFSTED criteria - Learning to
“[Outstanding] Teaching promotes pupils’ high level
of resilience, confidence and independence when they tackle challenging
“Learning to learn” requires students to consider the
strengths and weaknesses of their own thinking before making decisions about
their next step. SOLO taxonomy provides a framework to help students to address
the following questions: what am I learning? How well am I doing? What do I
need to do to move onto the next level?
This TLC will start by looking at the use of SOLO hotmaps (see video) as a classroom
strategy, -which can help both learners and teachers to become comfortable with
the language of SOLO. The TLC will then look at using SOLO stations to develop
classroom/learner autonomy. Finally we will look at the potential of students
setting and managing their own learning goals based on a common language of
learning shared between teachers and learners.
For a long time I have viewed Twitter as a source of “portable CPD”; somewhere to go
for instant inspiration and ideas and also a quick link to online resource
centres. Alongside different teaching strategies my TLC will look to support
teachers to build their own confidence and independence by sharing and
exploring these online teacher resource centres, providing a forum in which we
can evaluate new resources along the way.