Task 3: Evidence of Student Learning

Erik Ford
7 min readJul 22, 2021

Example A

Example B

The evidence displayed above is from a money related activity called a money spider. In this activity, students had to place a value on the abdomen of the spider and needed to come up with combinations that equalled that value on each of the spider’s legs. Students had the option of using coins or writing the value on the legs to represent the different combinations that could come up with. At the conclusion of the activity, students were asked to sit on the carpet and share what combinations they came up with to a partner and then share with the rest of the class. I modelled the activity to the class before they had their turn. Throughout the activity, I would check for understanding by asking students to explain how and why they came up with their combinations. The money spider activity was double sided so that students could try a different value and combinations, or they could try a higher order thinking question to extend their learning.

Evidence of Student Learning: Year 1/2 Money Spider Sample

In the education field, researchers generally agree that constructivism is a theory of learning in which an individual builds new knowledge and understanding from previous experiences, whether that be in a formal or non-formal learning environment (Bodner, 1986; Harlow, Cummings & Aberasturi, 2007; Hyslop-Margison & Strobel, 2007). Social constructivism builds on the notion of constructivism and adds variation to the theory by arguing that learning is socially constructed from interactions with others (Vygotsky, 1978; Adams, 2006). This essay will apply the constructivist and social constructivist lens to determine whether the artefacts supplied above are evidence of student learning or are not evidence of student learning.

Before continuing, it is vital to establish what does and does not constitute evidence. The New South Wales Department of Education defines evidence, which can be summarised as any content produced by a student that a teacher can use to demonstrate evidence of student achievement (NSW Department of Education, 2020). The…

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Erik Ford

Post-graduate student at the University of Sydney, enrolled in the Master of Teaching (Primary) Program. I was previously an undergraduate at UWS enrolled in IR