The only variable was the introduction of ALARM. At r-SC all teachers use ALARM (with some exception for Math). FCC has a few advantages over WASH- it is a Senior College and all teachers share a common staff room. A common methodology is used across all classes- no more isolationist teaching. Students respond with the same sort Of feedback. What is ALARM about? Literacy is about what and how to learn. Students need concepts as well as content. They must relate the concept to addressing a question. Learning therefore needs a response- this becomes communication.

ALARM ivies a series of things that need t o be done to learn what the content is telling us. They start with the simple (content) to where the student has to think for themselves and eventually understand what the whole topic is about at a conceptual level. The matrix for English and Visual Arts is a little different. 1. Name- define the topic and its areas (what is it? ) 2. Describe the features/characteristics of each area. 3. Explain the significance (purpose, function or role) of each feature. This means looking at the cause/effects , problems or impacts of features. Analyses- explain how or why, relationships between features. 5. Critically analyses- explain how or why-give positives and negatives 6. Evaluate- to what successful, effective, useful etc. Make a judgment about each extent was feature. 7. Critically evaluate- to what extent in an overall sense- comparing features 8. Conceptualize the topic- essential idea of the topic- or the “Big Picture”- especially in conclusions. 9. Appreciate- link the concept to real life- a personal perspective. General Points Link this with content as you go- not as an addition.

Get students to respond Take student understanding to a conceptual level (they develop their own theses). Learning becomes their justification- this is how it happens As we learn more we synthesis (combine) Metrification Learning how to learn- knowing about knowing.