What are learning progressions?
Learning progressions describe the developmental sequence of learning in a particular domain. We can think of them as learning maps. These maps help students, teachers and parents to better understand where the students is now and the next steps in learning. Learning progressions include:
- The National Literacy and Numeracy Progressions
- English as an Additional Language or Dialect Progression
- ACARA continua for the general capabilities (although these need more to detail to be used as learning progressions.
- More task specific learning progressions can be developed from other progressions, such as criteria for rubrics, marking guidelines, performance descriptors and the steps required to personal goals. Learning progressions are designed to help students achieve the sub-goals or smaller steps required to achieve the ultimate learning goal.
How do teachers use learning progressions?
Learning progressions are not the curriculum. They are not a checklist.
Teachers use the learning progressions in conjunction with the syllabus in the context of the teaching and learning cycle. This short video (10min) and diagram below help to explain what this might look like in practice.
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