Demystifying learning is a passion of mine. For too long I was subject to and even participated in the hiding of learning goals from students, under the misguided assumption that they had to prove they could do it, through some sort of learning osmosis. Thankfully the wider education (and I) have shifted away from this view to a more powerful learning strategy of making the learning visible and the focus of our core business – teaching.
They key to this is to develop a culture of learners who understand a consistent and predictable approach to learning new concepts and skills. Once they understand how the learning is structured, then they can exercise a level of agency and become active participants in their own learning. A learning board is a tool that allows learners to find the learning intention, steps to success, key metacognitive guidance and successful behaviours – to achieve their personal best, in each lesson.