Effective Feedback

The litmus test for effective feedback is when a student is able to answer:

  1. Where am I going?
  2. Where am I in the learning?
  3. What do I need to learn next?

7 Principles of good feedback:

  1. It clarifies what good performance is (goals, criteria, expected standards).
  2. It facilitates development of self-assessment in learning.
  3. It provides high quality information to students about their learning.
  4. It encourages teacher and peer dialogue around learning.
  5. It encourages positive motivational beliefs and self-esteem.
  6. It provides opportunity to close the gap between current and desired performance.
  7. It provides information to the teacher  that can be used to help shape teaching.

Leading Impact Teams, Bloomberg, Pitchford, 2017.

NAPLAN Writing Results from 2016 to reflect on

Click on the tabs at the top to explore to explore Year 3, Year 5 and Year 7 results

It will be important to prepare students for either a persuasive or narrative text. Exploring the difference between the two in structure and language use will help to prepare students.

Writing Rubrics and Descriptions of National Minimum Standards for Year 3, 5 and 7
Persuasive writing rubric-wq1m7k

Narrative writing rubric-15h1h50

NAPLAN Writing Resources from website:

Words Their Way – Resources

The online site for Words Their Way is up and running – much more effectively now! Check it out by going to the link on the right hand side of this blog, under the heading ‘Links’.

Once you have logged in using the Username and Password (emailed to you), go to the ‘Assessment’ tab. There you will be able to create your class and start to enter each student’s test results. (Don’t bother to mark the tests before entering, as you do this as you go along.)

The program will then analyse the results showing you exactly where each students strengths and needs are: whether that be digraphs, short vowel sounds, long vowel sounds, etc. It will also show you where each student lies on a spelling developmental continuum.

WTW Spell Dev Contin

If you look up ‘Words Their Way’ on Pinterest, or teacher blogs you will find plenty of resources to help.
WTW organisation

Here are some resources you might like to access:

A video showing Year 5 students at Plympton PS


Staff Meetings and PD – Term, 2016

1 Whole staff adminSwimming week, acquaintance night, overviews, student leaders induction, SRC reps Planning teams
3 Acquaintance Night & Nature Play showcase (re: Master Plan)
4 Whole staff admin Planning teams (L & L support)
6 Kids Matter update
7 Partnership meeting
8 Whole staff admin Planning teams (L & L support)
9 Parent Interviews
10 PLC
11 Celebrations

Testing Process for NPS Students 2015

Could staff please make sure that the following assessments have been collated and entered into our database.

Year Group

Early Intervention Program

Oral Language

Phonological Awareness






SA Spelling

Test A beginning of Year

Test B End of Year

Running Records

(DECD – End of Term 1 and 3)





Writing EALD Language and Literacy Level – Sentence Structure
1 Y Y Y Y
2 Y Y Y Y Y Y
3 Teacher Judgement Y Y Y Teacher Judgement Y Y
4 Teacher Judgement Y Y Y Teacher Judgement Y
5 Teacher Judgement Y Y Y Teacher Judgement Y Y
6 Teacher Judgement Y Y Y Teacher Judgement Y
7 Teacher Judgement Y Y Y Teacher Judgement Y Y


Download a copy of SA Spelling Tests here:

PAT Teacher Resources

Using the link on this blog, log in to the PAT Tests site.
Generate a standard report
Remember to compare to like year level for stanine information to load
View chart
Explore sorting the data in different ways

Are there patterns that you notice? – Weaker/ stronger areas across the year level?
Are there some common misconceptions across cohorts that could be investigated further?

Which resources/ activities could help to address misconceptions? – Click on the PAT Resources Centre link on the Home menu