20 May 2015

Good boy – The Power of Feedback

Edssential article from @PeteJackson32 : So in clearing out the attic recently, it was my great pleasure, as an historian, to discover my old creative writing book from academic year 1989-1990. I remember distinctly the weekly Creative Writing task that our class teacher, Mr Gee,...
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26 Feb 2015

Why? Why? Why?

Edssential article from @MissDCox : On an education forum I frequent, teachers regularly complain about their school marking policy that demands them to mark student books, say every 2 lessons and how impossible it is to manage the workload. The remaining thread is people sharing...
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21 Jan 2015

The nonsense of the grade descriptors

Edssential article from @chrishildrew: This week I have finalised our new Assessment, Marking and Feedback policy and submitted the draft to the Governors for review. This policy was a complete rewrite, incorporating and committing to our latest thinking on assessment without...
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26 Nov 2014

Questioning and feedback: Top ten strategies

Edssential article from @HuntingEnglish : As part of our whole staff training at Huntington School we have been sharing ideas and collating ‘Top Ten Strategies’. This list is the fruits of our labour: 1. Differentiated questioning. Given the time we take doing it daily, effective...
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02 Nov 2014

10 Silver Arrows: Ideas to penetrate the armour of ingrained practice

Edssential article from @headguruteacher : Silver Arrows? It’s very hard to change your practice.  We’re all so busy, very often it is difficult to create space to fully explore a set of ideas and to deliberately adapt our teaching routines to absorb something new.  At the same...
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02 Nov 2014

It’s a Myth-tery: 7 ways in which Ofsted are better than SLTs

Edssential article from @kevbartle: This is a summary of my presentation to Teaching and Learning Takeover (TLT14) this October. The organisers asked me to base my presentation on my most-read blogpost The Myth of Progress Within Lessons. This is what I came up with. I began by...
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06 Oct 2014

Formative Feedback, Growth Mindset and Grit–putting it together in the classroom

Edssential article from @KristenPhillip3 : The latest buzz words in education: grit, perseverance, resilience, growth mindset.  And, of course, descriptive formative feedback isn’t going away.  Try searching any of those terms in youtube or google and you will get some great...
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23 Aug 2014

Marking for England or Marking for Effect: a feedback journey.

Edssential article from @andrewwarnerkms: Some years ago the school I worked in had no real accountability measures or explicit expectations about how teachers marked their books. Consequently, many never did, and the vast majority of the others (including myself) did it...
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23 Aug 2014

Getting Great

Edssential article from @shaun_allison: Teaching is a creative profession, and at DHS we want our teachers to be innovative and excited about what they do – not stifled by an overly prescriptive approach to teaching.  We want teachers to takes risks and try new things out, by...
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03 Jul 2014

What feedback is and isn’t

Edssential article from Grant Wiggins : The research is clear: good feedback is essential to learning at high levels. Alas, too few people understand what feedback is and isn’t. Don’t believe me? Here’s a true/false quiz: which of the following 4 statements is feedback? “Nice job...
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