16 Dec 2014

Teacher workload: Can it be sustained?

Edssential article from @GoldFishBowlMM : Like many teachers, I filled in the DfE workload survey. I tried thinking about the external demands that increase teacher workloads but I quickly realised that most of the decisions around what teachers are expected to do comes from...
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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

Marking madness – does it make learning any better?

Edssential article from @Heatherleatt: Marking seems to have become a really hot potato in recent months.  Teachers have always had to mark their pupils’ work, of course, and with that there has always been a struggle to get the balance right.  As an English teacher, I confess...
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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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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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03 Dec 2013

‘Should I be marking every piece of work?’

Edssential article from @MaryMyatt : This was a question put to me as I worked with a group of teachers this week. My answer was ‘No’. ‘But we are expected to mark everything in our school, so can you point me to the evidence that says that not every piece of work needs to be...
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28 Nov 2013

Marking bookmarks – Ways to boost marking within schools

Edssential article from @Simon_Warburton : This post summarises my journey so far in creating a higher degree of consistency in the marking of students work.  It is a process that has gained pace through the support of colleagues on Twitter and, thanks to the incredibly prolific...
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09 Nov 2013

Formative use of Summative Tests: Marking #Blogsync

Edssential article from @headguruteacher : Ever since the idea of formative assessment was expressed by Dylan Wiliam and Paul Black in ‘Inside the Black Box’, one of the practical strategies suggested has been the formative use of summative tests.  Typically tests are regarded as...
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09 Oct 2013

Marking is an act of love

Edssential article from @learningspy : Have you ever flicked back through an exercise book and seen the same repeated comments followed with soul numbing certainty by the same repeated mistakes? There are few things more crushing to the spirit of hardworking teachers than this...
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02 Oct 2013

How I cope with marking

Edssential article from @ChocoTzar : Marking kills teachers. I don’t know anyone that looks at a massive pile of books and thinks way-hey! However, right from the start of my career, when I was a very naive English NQT, I had to find a way of coping. Back then I had no say in...
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