At Woodcrest State College we have a systematic and seamless approach to teaching and learning. Our Pedagogy Framework, better known as the RESPECT Framework is a research based method of practice which outlines both teacher and student roles and responsibilities.
The core of our Pedagogy Framework is based upon Anita Archer's review of best practice and is underpinned by Explicit Instruction through the Gradual Release of Responsibility (Pearson & Gallagher, 1983). Explicit Instruction is characterized by a series of supports or scaffolds, whereby students are guided through the learning process, Archer (2011). Until independent mastery is achieved, students are to be provided with:
clear statements about the learning intent and success criteria
modelled explanations and demonstrations of new skills and strategies
opportunities to practise with support
regular feedback on 'what they are doing well' and 'what and how they need to improve.'
Rosenshine (1987) describes this form of instruction as “a systematic method of teaching with emphasis on proceeding in small steps, checking for student understanding, and achieving active and successful participation by all students."
The Woodcrest State College Pedagogy Framework does extend beyond the call of Explicit Instruction. Embedded within the framework are phases which promote and enforce the need for explicit and timely feedback and real-world authentic connections and application.
The ultimate goal of the W.S.C Pedagogy Framework, is to encourage students to be independent learners who can transfer their knowledge and understanding to contexts beyond the classroom. Our students become engaged, active and creative citizens, who are not afraid to push boundaries, takes leaps and make an impact on the world.