Lindfield Learning Village

Octopus – Reporting made easy.

Octopus - How it works and how to access it.

Assessment at LLV is directly driven by outcomes set out in the Australian Curriculum.

Learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge or skills students develop in each subject by the end of a Stage. Our reporting dashboard, Octopus draws in the assessment of each of these outcomes within a year, to provide a live and continuous picture of student progress which goes beyond a single summative grade, bi-annually.

The report also displays assessment of Learning Characteristics, NAPLAN and PAT results, as well as student reflections and goal-setting. 

You can access Octopus by following the below steps:
  1. Open Canvas – viewing is optimised for PCs rather than mobile devices.
  2. Select any course from the Dashboard
  3. Scroll down to Octopus on the left course menu

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A quick start guide to the Lindfield Learning Village Educational Model

Our Educational Model

You can read all about how our school work on the About Us page of this website. However for a quick start  here’s the summary!

Human Centred Learning

The ultimate goal of Human-Centred Learning Design at LLV is to enable the student to direct their own learning journey and thereby, shape school organisation and pedagogy. Students will own their learning and be able to track outcomes, negotiate assessment with teachers and articulate their learning process. Learning characteristics will be deeply embedded into the learning language and culture.

Co-teaching

Collaborative co-teaching occurs in every stage at LLV. The goal for co-teaching at LLV is to establish trusting relationships and a shared understanding of how to enhance learning through co-teaching.

Joint accountability, pooled resources and a variety of effective co-teaching strategies will be embedded into daily pedagogical practice.

Transdisciplinary Learning

Teachers will be intrinsically aware of maintaining a balance between the explicit teaching of new learning and supporting students as independent learners. Teachers will engage in regular self-reflective practices and embed the evaluation of pedagogy into practice. Teachers will be able to articulate evidence of the impact of learning design strategies on student learning.

In Stage 6, transdisciplinary learning will become intrinsically connected to authentic learning experiences through a blended learning model as well as embedded partnerships with community, business and university links.

Individual Learning

Individual learning is at the heart of the educational model at LLV. Individual learning applies to all members of the school community and is embedded in the model of professional learning for staff.

The ultimate goal for individual learning at LLV is that every member of the school community is deeply engaged in pursuing their own individual learning pathway, empowered in this pursuit through the mentor and expert teaching practitioners. Individual learning will involve a balanced program of explicit and independent learning experiences.

Stage Not Age Learning 

LLV is focused on providing innovative, relevant, high quality learning for every member of the Village community. When we talk about stage-not-age learning, this applies to students, staff and parents as well as the wider educational community. We share our learning with others, are open to feedback and see failure as an important learning opportunity.

Assessment & Reporting

Assessment at LLV is designed and timed to inform a student’s individual learning pathway. Assessment is ongoing and will take many forms. We value process over product. A student will have the opportunity to submit a task multiple times for feedback prior to the due date and will have greater than the minimum two weeks notice of assessment. The wellbeing of the student as well as student voice are key considerations in assessment process and design.

The process of Reporting to parents is intended to be live and continuous. Parents can access information on their child’s progress at any point in time.

Community, Business & University Links

The goal for LLV is to deeply engage in meaningful learning partnerships with local community, business and Universities. These connections will build relevance and engagement as well as creating networks and connections for students as they pursue their learning goals in a ‘real world’ context

Flexible Timetable

Individual learning allows for students to engage in their learning any time, anywhere on any device. Teacher time allocated across master classes, guru time, explicit teaching sessions and individual student coaching. Students access expertise of various teachers as required. The Primary timetable will remain flexible and directed towards empowering students to become independent learners. A whole school focus on learning characteristics will enable students to reach this goal.

A quick start guide to the Lindfield Learning Village characteristics wheel

The Lindfield Learning Village Learning Characteristics Wheel is embedded in every aspect of a student’s learning experience. These characteristics are explicitly taught and assessed against a rubric.

The  characteristics  wheel underpins  everything at LLV,  to get in idea of how this looks and feels  for your child in the classroom or in the Village community you can read more here

Village Pedagogy

Village Pedagogy

At LLV, our practice is collegial and collaborative. This means that teachers work in relationship with each other and the students with a team player attitude. We are flexible, creative, have a willingness to change and will always look for another/better way. We are teachers that are always learners and we will stay on top of global research and best practice. We are happy to fail spectacularly and learn from that. We have and expect our students to have a growth mindset.
Our pedagogy encourage and develop autonomous, independent investigation, supported with ‘masterclasses’ or ‘pop-up workshops’ as well as ‘flow’ where students engage in deep learning.
Our role as teachers is to scaffold and teach thinking and thinking processes and to introduce concepts, big ideas, help make connections and question deeply.

It is a pedagogy of responsiveness. We will minimise teacher talk and worksheets, looking for better ways of capturing understanding and measuring growth. We will seek to design ways to measure what we value. Learning will be kinaesthetic, reflective, personal, driven by the students, and supported by excellent teachers. It will always have a clear purpose and will be well supported by rigorous feedback, check ins, formative assessments and observations. It will be fun, dynamic and celebrate failure.

Our focus is on growing EQ, transdisciplinary connection and multidisciplinary projects and on developing the innate capacity of our students to own their learning.

Beyond

What is Beyond?
What does it offer my child?

Beyond is a signature program at LLV that operates in Years 7 to 10 enabling and empowering learners to develop skills that support them in life beyond the curriculum. Learning Guides work closely with their Beyond classes as mentors, advocates and are the main contact between home and school. Beyond 2021 embraces three components:

Beyond Connect: A time to connect with others and to connect knowledge. This is dedicated to growing habits for effective wellbeing.
Beyond Communicate: Write for Wellbeing – a whole school literacy program embedded in literacy initiatives.
Beyond Create: A hybrid of design based learning and project based learning that offers authentic transdisciplinary learning opportunities.

Beyond happens on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Research:
R. Green(2020), DOE Wellbeing Framework (2015), R. Richhart (2015), H. Street (2018), PBL Works, Human Centred Design, DOE Literacy K-12 Policy (2017)

Learning Guides

Every student at LLV is a member of a Pod. Each pod has a ‘Learning Guide’ – a teacher who is responsible for each student in the Pod. The Learning Guide plays a critical role in the educational model and wellbeing framework of the school.
The Learning Guide is the key conduit between the child and home, they know and support the student to grow academically, personally and emotionally throughout their time at LLV.