Author: outstandingadmin

#NoMarkingChallenge pt.3

OK…part 3 of the #nomarkingchallenge blog series…makes more sense (if only a little) if you read part 1 followed by part 2. The trial at school over the spring and summer term in Year 3 went really well, with some better-than-expected progress, especially in the middle-ability group of children. This was possibly because this group suddenly had much more individual input from an adult. We think that’s what had the impact anyway. As mentioned previously, the approach relies on focused learning objectives and tight success criteria. We use a table, which children stick in their books, which includes L.O.;...

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#NoMarkingChallenge pt.2

OK, here we are again with the next update in what might well be a very long, and hopefully insightful, journey! This blog post makes much more sense (well, maybe a little more sense) if you’ve read part 1 here. Overall it’s been well received by the education community at large (well, a few folks on Twitter), although there have been some dissenting voices from those people who think marking is the holy grail and woe betide anyone who disagrees. But I’m not worried about them. Because I know we’re right in what we’re doing. So there. Lots of...

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#NoMarkingChallenge

As I’ve mentioned previously, I don’t blog very often (BIG understatement there). I know I should, and it’s always on my list of things to do more of. But I haven’t got there yet! However, this post is different. This is the one that has the possibility of causing a big, no huge, nay seismic, change. And that’s why I’m writing this now. Marking. Most probably the one thing that teachers say takes up the most amount of time. If you add up the hours spent marking books there’s no way that amount of time has the impact for...

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Nexus INSET

Did some INSET training today at the Nexus partnership of 6 schools from the Bristol area. I was very well looked after and very well challenged when I put forward my views on marking – that I thought it was a waste of time! The challenge was good though…really made me think about whether what I thought, and what we were trialing at school, was right. And it convinced me even more that I am! I’ll have to blog about this marking lark soon...

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It was only a matter of time…

…before I started writing in this blog again. It’s been a very long time, almost two years, and much has happened in the meantime. So what, you may well ask, has caused this apparent seismic shift? Why write again now? Well, many of you reading this may have followed a discussion on twitter last night, of which I was a part, involving, amongst others, David Didau (@LearningSpy) and Mary Myatt (@MaryMyatt). I think, in part, my position was a little muddied by the argument itself and maybe I didn’t make it clear what I thought. So here I am....

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