At St Joseph's, we want our students to own their learning, to develop qualities in order for them to be successful learners and to ensure that they establish transferable skills and competencies that will enable them to face their changing future with confidence. These qualities are known as Learning Dispositions – the language of learning and refer to the way in which learners engage in and relate to the learning process.
Learning Dispositions affect how students approach learning activities and, potentially, the outcomes of their learning. They help our learners know: What am I learning? How am I going? How do I know? How can I improve? Where do I go for help? As a community of learners who proactively advance their learning, we pride ourselves in making learning visible to our students.
Our Learner Dispositions actively encourages our learners to answer these questions and take ownership of their own learning demonstrating how to persist, reflect, collaborate, self-direct, create, be curious and resilient. Our learners are owners of their own learning and this whole school language fosters that we can all succeed.
At St Joseph’s, we pride ourselves on providing our students with opportunities to be lifelong learners. As a school, we believe our learner dispositions are important to create an environment where students feel safe, respected, ask questions, take risks, use feedback, determine their personal goals to grow, improve and have time to celebrate their learning.
St Joseph’s believes in building quality relationships and is committed to the research and evidence that has the most positive impact on each student’s learning, progress and achievement. All our classroom teachers:
Who are our learners? What do our learners already know? What do our learners need to learn next?
What are the learning goals, intentions, success criteria needed to move our learners forward in their learning?
How do we engage our learners in the teaching and learning process?
What do we do to ensure that all our learners are provided with opportunities to develop and apply their skills?
How do we ensure that our learners are able to become more reflective so that they are able to understand more deeply what they have learned?
How will we assess our learners' growth and where we will go next in the learning?