Student Work Study in Avon Maitland

The purpose of the Student Work Study initiative is to adopt a SWST Quotelearning stance within a collaborative partnership that begins at the students’ desk. Through documentation and consolidation, students’ learning barriers are more precisely identified which leads to strategic next steps.


This is what we know about SWS and the success of the partnerships based on personal and shared observations of teachers involved in the initiative.


As we begin at the student desk we believe….


  1. Triangulation of data (product, observations and conversations) is absolutely necessary.
  2. Questioning methods/strategies are pivotal to gathering evidence about students and in having conversations within the partnerships
  3. Documenting is essential for consolidation and next steps.
  4. Consolidation practices of examining and analyzing the data/evidence, asking questions lead to a strategic next step.
  5. Being responsive to the students’ needs
  6. Valuing student voice allows us to be a co–learner. (What does asking the students look like?)
  7. Without a doubt we will end up examining our own teaching practices.
  8. Asset approach will have us in a learning stance and inquiry stance.
  9. Research will support our learning.
  10. The Power of “Co” will evolve through building a safe and trusting  relationships (student-teacher, teacher-teacher, teacher-administration)

“The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.”

Paulo Freire

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