Lyn Sharratt’s High Impact Practices
Bowen State High School implements the work of renowned academic Lyn Sharratt. Her four High Impact Practices are outlined in detail below.
Having a deep understanding of the Australian curriculum and how it links to assessment. Clarity is achieved by reviewing the content descriptions (what you must teach), the achievement standard (bolded sections relevant for the unit), the guide to making judgments or criteria (what the demonstration of the learning will look like in this task) and the modelled response (the learning in application). Teachers need to be able to articulate the answers to the following questions so that teaching and learning is as impactful as possible.
Evidence Driven Instruction:
Analysing the data and evidence of learning to determine the instruction required.
What additional evidence of learning do you need to allow you to plan instruction for this assessment task?
How do you analyse examples of student reading and writing to determine the instruction required for the assessment task?
Gradual Release of Responsibility:
Teacher’s model, share & guide instruction to lead students to successful independent learning.
What will I model, demonstrate, explain and think aloud to show students what they need to know and be able to do?
How will I check for understanding and address misconceptions?
How will I shift the cognitive load and accountable talk to students across the progression of lessons?
Determining the success of teaching using observation and consultation of student work samples.
How will I use observation, consultation and work samples to determine the success of the teaching?
How will I use evidence of learning to determine the next instruction required?
How will I ensure that all students are progressing towards successful completion of assessment tasks?
How will I seek support and further instructional strategies for students whose learning has stalled?