Presenter Abstract & Bio
The three phases of learning: Surface, Deep & Transfer
Ivy Magistrado & Daryl Castellino, Santa Sophia Catholic College, Box Hill, Sydney
Conference Focus Area: Cultivating an adaptive, innovative and continuously improving curriculum that empowers students to take the reins of their own learning; Recognising new pedagogical approaches that engage every learner to be a creative, connected and engaged learner in a rapidly changing world; Exploring the use of data and research to enrich learning and feedback to ensure all students achieve at least one year’s growth, every year
Santa Sophia Catholic College uses the ‘Three Phases of Learning’ model by Michael McDowell to empower students to become independent learners who can enquire, connect and apply their knowledge critically and creatively to real-life and relevant contexts. Students experience three phases in their learning: SURFACE: Building knowledge ‘I can define/label idea(s) or use skills.’ DEEP: Making meaning ‘I can relate ideas or connect skills.’ TRANSFER: Applying meaning to different situations ‘I can apply ideas or skills in different situations.
As students undertake various projects, and engage in enquiry-based learning, they are empowered to take the driver’s seat in their learning by constructing their own learning intentions and success criteria, choosing their learning strategies and reflecting on their work using specific feedback questions with the help of visual scaffolds relevant to their current phase of learning.
Through the engagement and recognition of the three phases in their own learning process, students are able to identify where they are going in their learning, where they currently are in their learning, as well as their next to improve in their learning.
BIO: Ivy Magistrado has a Bachelor in Science and Bachelor in Education (Secondary Science). She has been teaching for seven years in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta and has acquired the knowledge of Understanding by Design (UbD), Project-Based Learning and the Three Phases of Learning.
Daryl Castelino has a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical-Hons), Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) and Master of Arts (Theological Studies). He has been teaching for 14 years in Catholic Education and has acquired the knowledge of Project Based Learning, Three Phases of Learning and Understanding by Design (UbD).