Presenter Abstract & Bio
Thinking beyond performativity: Refocusing Year 7 assessment and learning
Bruce Addison, Deputy Principal (Academic) Brisbane Girls Grammar School
Conference Focus Area: Curriculum
Abstract: This presentation focuses on the way in which a school has re-positioned assessment as a genuine learning experience in the Year 7 curriculum space. When doing this Brisbane Girls Grammar School (BGGS), with the assistance of ACU's Learning Science Institute, has fashioned a formative approach to assessment design. This approach has been called Noticing Learning.
Queensland is moving to an ATAR model moving away from the OP system. Many schools have decided to create a high stakes testing environment at all Year levels in order to prepare Year 12 students for the eventual ATAR outcome.
BGGS has decided that a counter cultural approach to assessment design just may help to decouple anxiety from assessment making Year 7 a truly foundational year for a six year secondary school journey. If a positive mindset is developed towards assessment early in a student’s secondary school experience, the outcomes may in fact lead to a more positive school experience as well as the inevitable ATAR outcome.
BIO: Dr Bruce Addison is Deputy Principal (Academic) at Brisbane Girls Grammar School where he teaches Senior Economics and Philosophy of Learning. Dr Addison has a keen interest in the areas of professional practice deepening and change and has introduced a School Wide Pedagogy Model at BGGS as a means by which to focus on teacher professional growth and optimal student learning. For many years he taught and coordinated courses in both the pre-service and Masters level programs at the University of Queensland in the fields of curriculum and leadership.