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Providing Constructive Feedback For Children:

Part of being involved in our children’s academic lives is knowing how they are performing at school. If a child brings home a piece of work or uploads something to their Seesaw portfolio, this is a perfect opportunity to have a conversation with them about what they are learning, what parts of school they are enjoying most and what they are finding challenging. Providing honest, meaningful feedback is an important part of this conversation.

Offering feedback to children can be a daunting task because we don’t want them to feel like they’re being criticised, nor do we want them to lose their drive to achieve in school. On the other hand, learning to accept constructive criticism is an integral part of growing up. The more experience children have with the right kind of feedback, the more resilient they can become as learners and in life.

At Keilor Heights, we have begun to use the T.A.G feedback model to guide our feedback interactions. It’s a simple way for students to receive both praise and constructive feedback, that they can use to become resilient and motivated 21st century learners.

T.A.G. feedback is made up of three basic steps:

T – Tell them something you like

By opening with praise about a specific aspect of a child’s work, a positive conversation is established.

For Example: I love the way you used...

A – Ask a question about the work

A thoughtful question shows a child that you’re taking an interest in what they have achieved. Answering that question provides a child with an opportunity to explain and consolidate their learning.

For example: What made you decide to…?

G – Give a suggestion for improvement

Identifying an area for improvement is imperative for building a child’s resilience and capacity for further learning. By using the T.A.G. model, children are encouraged to not only expect such suggestions, but also to understand that they are being provided with the opportunity to grow.

For example: Maybe next time you could...

All children need both praise and constructive criticism in order to achieve their best. By having these conversations with our children, we’re giving them the opportunity to ‘Aim For Excellence’, while becoming resilient, motivated learners, for life.