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Magazine Issue 45: Quality Assessment 2
March 2014

This month ideas about and techniques for Quality Assessment

Article: Quality Assessment 2
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This Month's Article:

Quality Assessment

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Quality Assessment An Article about assessment and how to make make it more significant in lesson planning.

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Categories: Article, Assessment, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Assessment AfL Feedback Marking
Assessment, Judgement, Feedback & Marking
Einstein said, "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid."

If you judge a dancer by his ability to write novels then you'll be sailing close to the wind - the UN Convention on the rights of the child wind. (Article 13.1 - The child shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of the child's choice.)

Professor Edwin Boring (yes, really) said, "Intelligence is what the intelligence test tests".

Most teachers say, "There's too much marking." and most know that you can't weigh a pig with a ruler and that the same pig will not get fatter if you weigh it more often.

Assessment, judgement, marking, feedback, expression of learning - how can we make meaningful sense of this part of education? How can we be effective instead of (or in addition to) being efficient?

Quality Assessment
Quality doesn't necessarily mean the best. It means fit for purpose. It does what it's supposed to. Educational assessment is the observation and recording of learners' skills, attitudes and knowledge. It can give an instant snapshot (grades, test scores) or guidance for next steps (formative, evaluation). Quality assessment, therefore, is the purposeful observation and recording of learner achievements.

Flip Your Thinking
What if we started our lesson design with assessment and then worked backwards? Here's how it might work:

Step 1. What will the assessment task be?: e.g.: Children will present their original poems showing use of metaphor and intonation in speech.
Step 2. Design an activity that will allow step 1. to happen
Step 3. Design a hook and a starter that will engage children in 2.

Try it. Write your lesson plan the wrong way round. Start at the end and work back. Goes it how know me let.

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Connect Thinking

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Connect Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool for making diverse connections between ideas under time pressure.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Connections Challenge
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Connect Thinking Powerpoint

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Connect Thinking Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint, to help create Connect Thinking activities easily.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Connections Challenge
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Literacy Think Sheet - Grammar 2

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Literacy Think Sheet - Grammar 2 A Think Sheet offering alternative ways to engage pupils with basic grammar concepts.

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

Tags: Literacy Grammar
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Assessment for Teaching

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

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Categories: Article, Professional Development, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Assessment Pupil Voice Feedback CPD

Literacy Think Sheet - Grammar

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Literacy Think Sheet - Grammar A Think Sheet offering a more creative twist on KS2 Grammar.

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Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, English, Junior

Tags: Grammar Assessment

Literacy Think Sheet - Adjectives

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Literacy Think Sheet - Adjectives A Think Sheet applying Thinking Classroom ideas to increase the understanding and use of adjectives.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, English, Junior

Tags: Adjectives
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English Think Sheet - Story

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English Think Sheet - Story A Think Sheet of Thinking Classroom ideas for understanding and creating narrative.

Categories: Think Sheet, English, Junior, Thinking Skills

Tags: Story
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Books:

Once Upon an If
by Peter Worley

Once Upon an If <br>by Peter Worley Once Upon an If: The Storythinking Handbook, a practical story-based resource with multiple curriculum wins.

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Categories: Suggested Books, Thinking Skills, RE & Philosophy

Tags: Story


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