Effective reporting to improve learning
Our workshop will help you report student learning effectively and improve communication of progress to students and parents.
A student report card is a document issued periodically to communicate a child's achievement across subjects. In recent years, the education community has attempted to improve this report card by enhancing its clarity, meaning, and relevance.
This workshop will help participants explore critical issues such as the purpose, usefulness, intelligibility, and value of report cards in an education system. It will provide teachers with essential knowledge of reporting and introduce them to different report card formats. The workshop will focus on two core elements of reporting − teacher comments and grades. Different approaches to student reporting, such as providing success experiences to all students, judging student performance against externally set minimum standards, and assessing growth over time, will also be discussed.
Teachers will be encouraged to reflect upon the distinction between reporting progress versus reporting performance. They will be introduced to the concept of a growth mindset in education, which is the underlying principle of the alternative perspective of reporting student learning outcomes. The alternative approach encourages teachers to report student progress. Through various hands-on activities, teachers will be helped to develop a report card aligned to the new perspective of reporting – reporting for learning.
With education systems moving to online teaching and learning, it is also essential to understand the advantages and limitations of technology use in reporting student progress. This workshop will also discuss critical features of educational technology that can be positively harnessed for reporting student progress.
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- understand the purpose of communicating student progress
- identify reporting variables: when to communicate, how to communicate, what to communicate, and so on
- acquaint themselves with the different ways of communicating with students
- appreciate critical features of classroom-based feedback
- develop an understanding of the essential components of report cards
- evaluate the efficacy of grades
- understand different types of teacher comments
- understand the distinction between reporting student performance and progress
- develop an understanding of different approaches to reporting student outcomes
- develop an understanding of learning progressions
- analyse existing online learning management systems
- understand new perspectives on reporting.
Dr Garima Bansal, Research Fellow, ACER India
INR 1000 per participant (including GST)