MINDFUL ASSESSMENT

We use a learner-centered approach - placing focus on constantly adjusting our teaching and feedback, to ensure our learners are improving constantly.

‘Our thinking about what it means to teach is framed as a response to learning , with assessment as the method through which the learner understands how to improve. We do not see learning as the outcome of teaching, but rather allow teaching to become a mindful response to learning’ - from Mindful Assessment, WABISABI LEARNING.

At the beginning, during, and after a new topic we analyse a learner's understanding by looking at:

A learner's current knowledge, attitudes, and skills about the subject matter;

Strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles;

And if a learner needs further, or extra assistance.

This approach lets us change our instruction to be more effective in the future. We also use other methods from the Waisabi Learning website including: Strategic Questioning; Think-Pair-Share and 3-2-1- Countdown. Our learners like 3-2-1 Countdown. It's where they are asked for:

3 things they didn't know before;

2 things that surprised them about the topic;

1 thing they want to start doing with what they've learned.

Link: WAISABI LEARNING - 10 Innovative Formative Assessment Examples for Teachers to Know

Celebrating Success

At Learn4Life we combine real-life situations with educational studies. We learn how to turn our anxieties into excitement, to think positively, and to become resilient to change. But we also teach, it's not something you need to do overnight. Instead, we look at it as skills you can improve upon for the rest of your life. We aim to build self-confidence and frame learning positively going that extra mile with our learners. Drawing on our learners' interests early helps to tailor sessions, allowing the development of individual talents in a challenging environment where everyone can thrive regardless of their level. Our moto is to laugh a lot, have big dreams, and to work hard.

We also aim to promote a growth mindset, trying to put an end to the dreaded 'I can't do this!' Of course, mistakes can make us smarter and stronger. We love to celebrate success at Learn4Life!