At Aurinko we believe that it is not only adults who have something to transmit from their prior learning to children who are learning for the first time but it is mutual. Our methodology springs from the Socio-constructivist Approach in education. Our processes are such that the adult may be a facilitator, but both the adult and child are designated as learners.
At Aurinko Academy, student assessments provide an illustration of a child’s learning process as well as perspective on the overall holistic learning of the child. Over time, these documents become an overall narrative of a child’s learning history. Assessments and respective rubrics of various types – projects/quizzes, presentations are created with great care. Assessment/ marking is transparent, detailed, informative, and constructively critical so that the students may be able to reflect on and learn from their performance.
The bulk of our assignments is the information that teachers collect information tracing the experiences and the cycles of learning that occur over the course of the day and the week. These are complimented by more specific and targeted assessments are designed to follow up on equally specific questions or inquiries. Gathering evidence of these areas of learning, fine tunes our pedagogy and curricular content.
Aurinko Children are aware of learning as a constant process, understand different ways to learn, and facilitate learning from others.
Children form an integral part of the assessment process as they process and learn skills, research tools and different ways to collect data and information on what they know and how they learn. In this way children and Teachers co-construct the Assessment Process.
The process of Inquiry begins with asking a question or exploring a thread. Its purpose is to make visible and evaluate the holistic learning process that takes place every day in every classroom The Observation Stage spans the entire learning process in the class, during field trips, in the workshops etc. Teachers also observe and record each child; unique Learner Profile during this process. The Planning Stage is an intensive phase where the teachers map the child’s unique educational needs, strengths and weaknesses to the questions that have been raised during the Observation phase which include field, anecdotal and monitoring notes, documentation, and development of portfolios. It is followed by reflection upon children’s work to individualize and differentiate instruction.
Thus at Aurinko Academy, Assessment in turn drives curricular content, teaching strategies, re-assessment, and differentiation of instruction