Visible progress for primary learners

By Amanda Davies

We live in a world where we can monitor every aspect of our lives, from the quality of our sleep to how well we drive.

Unsurprisingly, this has spilled over into the classroom with parents / caregivers, school directors and governments all intensely interested in how children are progressing and whether or not targets are being attained.

Busy teachers are expected to spend increasing amounts of time monitoring students, writing reports and reassuring concerned parents. Noticing progress generally leads to celebrating success, which is positive, but are we forgetting the most important people in the equation, the children themselves?