Learning at AISD

Learning Principles

The following research-based principles are the foundation for how we support learning at AISD. All members of the school community—students, teachers, parents and administrators—play an active role in learning.

1. The learning environment is supportive.

Therefore, we…

  • build positive relationships by knowing and valuing each other.
  • support and show respect for individuals and our communities.
  • encourage and help each other to take risks to learn.
  • help each person achieve their potential through structured support, appreciation of effort, and recognition of work.

2. The learning environment supports life-long learning through independence, collaboration and self-motivation.

Therefore, we…

  • take active responsibility for our own learning.
  • collaborate and communicate with others to learn.
  • use strategies to stay engaged as we learn.

3. Learners’ needs, backgrounds, perspectives and interests are reflected in the learning program.

Therefore, we…

  • use learning strategies that match the needs, perspectives and interests of individual learners.
  • build on prior experiences, knowledge and skills.
  • use a range of appropriate learning tools, resources and technology.

4. Learners are challenged and supported to develop deep levels of thinking and application.

Therefore, we…

  • create experiences to sustain learning over time and to focus on connections between ideas.
  • have high expectations that are reachable and improve the quality of learning.
  • use different strategies that support different ways of thinking and learning.
  • develop inquiry skills, problem-solving skills and thinking skills.
  • use strategies to develop adaptability, imagination, innovation and creativity.

5. Effective assessment practices are an essential part of learning.

Therefore, assessment practices…

  • are designed to reflect the full range of learning objectives.
  • make assessment criteria easy to understand.
  • make progress toward learning objectives clear.
  • ensure that learners receive frequent, useful feedback that encourages reflection and self-assessment.
  • use evidence from assessments to support further learning.

6. Learning connects meaningfully across subject areas and with communities
beyond the classroom.

Therefore, we…

  • try to interact with and apply our learning to local and broader communities.
  • use what we learn in new situations.

Modified from the Principles of Learning and Teaching P-12


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