Today we looked at something that impacts on all of us – how can we assess where students are at, provide feedback and targets for improvement and establish opportunities for reflection for both us and the students? In other words, decent marking whilst we keep our sanity and energies up.
The session was led by colleagues from diverse Curriculum areas: Paul Smith in Business and IT, Leah Bastienne in Art, and Chris Black in English, and they spoke of what worked for them in terms of feedback and assessment, alongside effective use of their time.
- Business use the Blue stickers as a formative aid to dialogue and how to improve, mixing both self, peer and teacher assessment. Units are broken down into pieces to aid this formative process, so that students can get feedback as they work through each unit. This staged marking builds towards the Summative assessments at the end of the units, designed to save teacher time and drive student progress and learning.
- Art have empowered their students at GCSE with a booklet for all their assessments, integrating this with the Syllabus requirements. Students self-evaluate using the criteria, alongside teacher marking, with each unit of work is marked on strengths, areas to improve and finishes with a learner response. And all in 1 booklet for the course!
- Chris Black in English has devised his own system for highlighting to students areas for them to work on – acronyms, double ticks and post-its are all used to make a set of 30 books easier to manage, whilst maintaining a dialogue with students where they can reflect on how to improve. Giving time for reflection following marking keeps the cycle going, so that students can progress from knowing where they are at to considering how they can improve.
For further ideas see:
Marking in Perspective, Selective, Formative, Effective, Reflective:
There was another great turn out from staff – thank you for your time. Marking is vital, all students tell us they want it!
The next session, #3, looks at Providing appropriately for our pupils, led by Emma McGroaty on Tuesday 23/9.