Goals for the academic year
House of Learning sets out the goals of the curriculum for each grade and each subject individually. These goals can be found as clearly defined clusters in the “target rooms” in the House of Learning. The goals are easy to communicate with the pupils, guardians and for the teachers themselves.
Students set their own goals for the academic year at the House of Learning. The teacher helps the students to set their individual goals year according to their individual levels. If desired, the goals need not be limited to that specific grade’s targets.
The House of Learning creates a context for a fruitful dialogue between home and school. The custodian understands what is going on in the education, what the child is expected of, what her strengths are and where the child may need support. House of Learning makes learning progress visible and understandable to the custodian as well. In parental meetings, the learning progress in class can be easily presented with the House of Learning.
Cycles of Learning and Continuous Evaluation
House of Learning is a tool for the teacher to plan the teacher’s work. Teacher’s work is primarily based on learning cycles where students or groups given learning targets for the cycle, and at the end of the cycle, the student learning performance is evaluated against the targets. The cycles can be daily, weekly, or even for the whole academic year. The House of Learning creates a framework for the teacher to manage this cycle. Key steps in the learning cycle are:
Students can set goals in the House of Learning independently supported by the teacher. Alternatively, goals pre-set by the teacher can be used. The target level can be modified in the middle of a cycle if the target turns out to be unrealistic or too easy, thus the learning motivation remains high. Transparent goals are central to the student’s work.
The House of Learning is a tool for continuous evaluation. It will enable a dialogue between the teacher and the student about the learning and progress in accordance with the curriculum. The teacher’s guiding feedback supports the student’s self-assessment skills. The house also creates a framework for peer review and community group assessment. All areas of assessment support each other.
Multidisciplinary Learning Modules
A central part of the House of Learning is the creations of Multidisciplinary Learning Modules (MLM). MLM:s are part of the learning cycles with their own target setting and evaluations. They are a collection of targets form various disciplines from the surrounding target rooms. As the students progress with their targets in the discipline centric rooms, the progress is also accumulated in the corresponding MLM:s.
Remedial Program Support
The House of Learning supports the collaboration with the remedial and other support programs in the school. The House reveals the areas early where the students may need remedial or other additional support, thus enabling early action.
In addition to the continuous evaluation, the The House of Learning also provides a tool for the summative evaluation of students’ skills after the academic year. The House assembles the key points of the learning and the progress of the academic year.
Teacher performance evaluation
The House of Learning enables a teacher to evaluate and reflect the class’ learning progress towards the goals of the academic year, and thus to develop her own work performance.