Pedagogy Statements

Nauruan Pedagogy Statements

The Nauruan pedagogy statements are a system for engaging students in learning. It values what they already know, encourages deep thinking, extends beyond recall of facts and provides ways for teachers to facilitate helping students demonstrate what they know. Based on critical research in Queensland, this system of learning is a holistic way of approaching learning with proven results.  Nauru organised their statements of learning into four groups. The rich task designs embed these pedagogies into the descriptions of activities and student products.

Student Differences

1.    Belonging

All students feel like they belong when everyone can join in the class activity easily. Participation is strong and valuable when the teacher highlights the rights and responsibilities of different groups and individuals and assists students to do this at school and in the community.

2.    Identity

Students work together in harmony with a sense of belonging, and develop a shared understanding of each others’ differences and similar interests. This needs a lot of patience, self-control and willingness from the students.  Children develop a sense of belonging and ownership of their learning, seeing the classroom as a continuation of their home and life experiences.

3.    Stories

Retelling and recount of events in lessons happens when student’s or teachers’ use personal and cultural stories (sometimes with dramatization) to introduce lessons or help students understand what is being taught.

Student Experience

4.    Linked to the world

Students learning in tasks should have value and meaning beyond the school, showing a connection to the society in which students live and to the global society and economy.

5.    Prior knowledge and experience

Prior knowledge and experience is recognised by the teacher and used to strengthen student experience. This includes cultural and local knowledge, community and family knowledge and a global perspective.

Student Thinking

6.    Deep thinking

Students use information and ideas to synthesise beyond their knowledge, build mental models and construct new knowledge. The exhibit capacity to draw together truth, facts, interpretations in a way that has political, social, and cultural impact.

7.    Deep knowledge (knowing)

Students have a depth of knowledge about many aspects of a topic and are able to use their knowledge when solving problems, drawing conclusions and persuading audiences.

8.    Substantive talk

Substantive talk involves significant teacher-student, student-student and student-community interaction about the ideas of a real and complex topic or issue, where the interaction promotes clear, logical and shared understanding.

9.    Study of language

Students and teachers talk a lot about spoken and written local languages and English. They talk about the structure and form of language and texts, and the issues which impact on speech and writing.

10.    Multi-literacies

Teachers and students together, will analyse the structure and meaning of material containing audio, video, pictures, photos, text and hypertext. Students will learn about the principles of effective design and development of multi-media material.

Student Work

11.    Student direction and engagement

Students take responsibility for making choices about learning, behaviour and work and do not wait for teachers or other adults to tell them. They show positive attitude in class work and this may include listening and carrying out instructions, being persistent to assigned tasks, and showing eagerness for this task by taking leadership role to raise questions, contribute to group activities and help peers.

12.    High expectations

Teacher’s have high expectations that students show confidence and initiative to face challenges, gain knowledge and skills, take risks and work together respectfully with their teachers, peers and other adults.

13.    Explicit and clear goals

Teachers make clear statements that explain exactly what students need to do in order to achieve. This will involve frequently explaining the tasks and activities and detailing how performance will be monitored and graded.