Learning Continuum of Personal and Social Capability

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This element involves students developing the metacognitive skill of learning when and how to use particular strategies to manage themselves in a range of situations.

Students effectively regulate, manage and monitor their own emotional responses, and persist in completing tasks and overcoming obstacles. They develop organisational skills and identify the resources needed to achieve goals. Students develop the skills to work independently and to show initiative, learn to be conscientious, delay gratification and persevere in the face of setbacks and frustrations. In developing and acting with personal and social capability, students:

  • express emotions appropriately
  • develop self-discipline and set goals
  • work independently and show initiative
  • become confident, resilient and adaptable.

Level 3

Typically by the end of Year 4, students:

Express emotions appropriately

identify and describe strategies to manage and moderate emotions in increasingly unfamiliar situations

Develop self-discipline and set goals

explain the value of self-discipline and goal-setting in helping them to learn

Work independently and show initiative

consider, select and adopt a range of strategies for working independently and taking initiative

Become confident resilient and adaptable

persist with tasks when faced with challenges and adapt their approach where first attempts are not successful

Level 4

Typically by the end of Year 6, students:

Express emotions appropriately

explain the influence of emotions on behaviour, learning and relationships

Develop self-discipline and set goals

analyse factors that influence ability to self-regulate; devise and apply strategies to monitor own behaviour and set realistic learning goals

Work independently and show initiative

assess the value of working independently, and taking initiative to do so where appropriate

Become confident resilient and adaptable

devise strategies and formulate plans to assist in the completion of challenging tasks and the maintenance of personal safety

Level 5

Typically by the end of Year 8, students:

Express emotions appropriately

forecast the consequences of expressing emotions inappropriately and devise measures to regulate behaviour

Develop self-discipline and set goals

select, use and analyse strategies that assist in regulating behaviour and achieving personal and learning goals

Work independently and show initiative

critique their effectiveness in working independently by identifying enablers and barriers to achieving goals

Become confident resilient and adaptable

assess, adapt and modify personal and safety strategies and plans, and revisit tasks with renewed confidence