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Magazine Issue 44: Assessment for Teaching
February 2014

This month ideas about Assessment for Teaching

Article: Assessment for Teaching
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This Month's Article:

Assessment for Teaching

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Assessment for Teaching An Article about how pupils can help you to grow your teaching skills.

This is a Free Sample Resource

Categories: Article, Professional Development, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Assessment Pupil Voice Feedback CPD
At the Barber's
I was sitting in the barber's last week when I overheard a conversation from the chair next to me. It wasn't the usual local chitchat or holiday-based gossip. The client, obviously in sales and marketing shared an absolute gem. He said that there are only two questions you ever need to ask the people you sell to. Allegedly these are questions which provide the most valuable feedback for improving a service and engaging customers. I'll tell you what they are later, but if we want to improve our service (teaching) and engage our customers (pupils) what can we try?

Stand Out Teachers
Here's the thing about standout teachers: they build powerful learning relationships with pupils. They do this by knowing how relationships work and by believing such relationships are essential to learning success. They are clear about rules and boundaries yet enforce them with warmth and generosity of spirit.

Now, the really standout standout teachers make great use of these learning relationships. They use them to seek feedback on their own performance from pupils in their lessons. It's a brave thing to do yet one that can significantly accelerate not only teaching skills but pupil learning.

Ask the Audience
Here are a selection of questions which you can ask in order to gain useful feedback about the lessons you've planned and delivered:
  •  Which part of the lesson was best and why?
  •  How could I have made the learning different in this lesson?
  •  Are there any activities that we don't do yet in class that would help you to learn?
  •  Tell me about today's lesson.
  •  What went well and how could it be improved?
  •  If you were the teacher how would you raise everyone's achievement level quickly?
Use a question up to the very edge of your comfort level.  Some questions are general and others more focused on yourself as the teacher. Be prepared for honest feedback and set rules in advance about what types of comments are acceptable. Ideally the quality of feedback you expect from your pupils should match the quality of feedback that you give to them.

Take a Risk
You may begin to see patterns emerge from different pupils or different classes and groups. Whatever you find out, make a decision about if and how you want to grow and change because of this information. It is a professional calculated risk to involve your pupils in your own development. However not only does it give you valuable information that can help strengthen your relationship with them but it also models how they may wish to seek feedback for themselves in the future.

Now back to the hairdresser and the two most powerful questions you might want to ask the pupils:

1. On a scale from 1 to 10 how likely would you be to recommend me as your teacher to another pupil?
2. What one thing could I do to increase the score you gave in Question 1?

Go on be brave, set the rule frame then trust that your pupils are experts in what you can do to improve their learning. And if you are not ready yet to try this, spend equally valuable time answering this third question:

3. What is stopping you asking 1. and 2. ?

New Resources:

Order Thinking

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Order Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool for deepening understanding and for creating memorable connection between key concepts.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Decision Making
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Order Thinking Powerpoint

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Order Thinking Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint to support Order Thinking. Powerpoint slides for immediate use or editing.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Decision Making
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History Think Sheet - World War One

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History Think Sheet - World War One A Think Sheet offering creative ways to begin thinking about World War One.

Categories: Think Sheet, Curriculum, History, Secondary

Tags: World War 1 Conflict
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History Think Sheet - World War 2

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History Think Sheet - World War 2 A Think Sheet using Thinking Classroom ideas for thinking about conflict and World War II.

Categories: Think Sheet, History, Junior, Secondary, Thinking Skills

Tags: World War 2 Conflict
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History Think Sheet - General Concepts

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History Think Sheet - General Concepts A Think Sheet with challenging historical tasks around time, evidence and reconstructing events. Home tasks included.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, History, Secondary, Tertiary

Tags: History Evidence
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History Think Sheet - Using Evidence

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History Think Sheet - Using Evidence A Think Sheet of Thinking Classroom ideas adapted specifically for teaching History, focussing on using evidence to reconstruct the likely features of past events. Includes a visual version of Story Memory Thinking.

Categories: Think Sheet, History, Junior, Secondary, Thinking Skills

Tags: Evidence Prediction Sequencing
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Professional Self-Assessment

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Professional Self-Assessment An Article which sets out why we need to work in pairs or triads when we are developing our professional skills.
 
To doubt everything, or, to believe everything, are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.
Henri Poincare

We cannot observe external things without some degree of Thought; nor can we reflect upon our Thoughts, without being influenced…by the Things which we have observed.
William Whewell

What is self-assessment? What are its strengths and dangers? Why do it? How can it work?

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Categories: Article, Professional Development, Educators, Any Subject

Tags: CPD Coaching



Books:

How Children Succeed
by Paul Tough

How Children Succeed <br>by Paul Tough Find out about grit, hard work and how character influences success.

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Categories: Suggested Books, Professional Development, Assessment

Tags: Character Success Thought Leader Growth Mindset


Websites:

The Wilfred Owen Association

The Wilfred Owen Association World War One through the eyes of a poet.

www.wilfredowen.org.uk

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Categories: Websites, Language, Teaching & Learning

Tags: Conflict Poetry



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