15 Sep 2013

Fabulous Feedback

Edssential article from @hannahtyreman : There are a number of areas of my teaching practice that I’m looking to seriously improve this year and I’ve been writing about each aspect over the last few weeks. Perhaps of the utmost importance is feedback and marking. I am now...
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16 Aug 2013

Homework Excuse Notes

Edssential article from @miss_mcinerney : One of the problems of my first year in teaching was getting students to do homework. More specifically, I struggled keeping tabs on students who didn’t do the homework, which meant I didn’t give consequences for failing to turn it in,...
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09 Aug 2013

Using a ‘Taxonomy of Errors’ to Enhance Student Responses

Edssential article from @CanonsOPP : I am writing this post to outline and to describe a technique I learnt some years ago from a long-forgotten colleague that has had a very positive impact on my teaching and the learning of my students:  the Taxonomy of Errors.  As well as...
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21 Jul 2013

Making the best use of exam questions

Edssential article from @york_science : I have written before about Diagnostic Questions. A good diagnostic question can reveal a lot about a student’s thinking. Many of the questions we have written for the York Science Project have drawn on research evidence to provide the...
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21 Jul 2013

What’s the secret to assessing pupil progress every lesson?

Edssential article from @Kris_Boulton : Use exit tickets to get a snapshot of what every student took away from your lesson This is the single most powerful thing I’ve done all year, from lesson one, maintaining it consistently, and it’s impressed external observers and internal...
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21 Jul 2013

How can I mark books without burning out?

Edssential article from @joe__kirby : Imagine you have five classes of thirty students, who you teach three times a week. Marking their books is the bane of every English teacher’s life. To mark every student’s book each week, it means correcting about 300 pages a week. One...
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22 Jun 2013

Work Scrutiny – What’s the point in marking books

Edssential article from @learningspy : Marking is an act of love Phil Beadle If you’ve never taken part part in a whole school book scrutiny, I’d recommend it. Seeing how students treat their exercise books across different subjects is very revealing. I’ll happily agree that...
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20 Jun 2013

Testing & Assessment – Have we been doing the right things for the wrong reasons?

Edssential article from @learningspy : Tests are rubbish, right? Like me, you may find yourself baring your teeth at the thought of being drilled to death, or inflicting endless rounds of mind-numbing tests on your students. That’s no way to learn, is it? All that’s going to do...
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15 Jun 2013

Marking is broken

Edssential article from @mrlockyer : This blogpost is a summary of a workshop I gave at Plymouth University in May 2013 at the Teaching Final Conference. The images are slidegrabs from my deck, and I’ve summarised them below. I would also add that I am in no way an expert a...
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07 Jun 2013

Marking is feedback is differentiation is planning

Edssential article from @kennypieper: For the #blogsync project  “A Teaching and Learning strategy intended to elicit the highest levels of student motivation in my subject” I may be opening myself up to ridicule here but, as an English teacher, I don’t think I’ve ever been as...
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