Winston Churchill once said ‘success is stumbling from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.’ Looking back now on assessment in our first year at Michaela, I can now see what I was blind to then: we stumbled and blundered. What mistakes did we make, and how did we stumble? We spent hours marking. We spent ages […]
There are several superb summaries of educational research that have been compiled into easily accessible websites and articles in pdf format that can be read online and shared with staff. Although they are easy to find via an internet search, I am pulling them together into one place for easy access. I’ll keep adding to […]
Further T&L ideas from Scalby School. Especially interesting thoughts of Success (Grit) v Frustration (Learned Helplessness). Also research based on the importance of communication skills to employers who are looking to recruit graduates.
A couple of weeks ago I spent 3 hours with the infinitely patient Lucy Rimmington from Ofqual, trying to get under the skin of Progress 8, the new GCSEs and what it all means for teachers, children and parents. Thanks to her and to several teachers who helped me with questions and queries along that […]
This is a companion to 10 Teaching Essentials. In addition to trying to deliver on the 10 Essentials, I’m suggesting that teachers should seek to avoid these pitfalls. To some extent, the two lists mirror each other – positive and negative ways of expressing the same ideas – but, not entirely. Most feedback I […]
Here is the latest T+L bulletin featuring growth mindset, who the best headteachers are, homework, research, literacy and some posters. tl-bulletin-no-39 A historical seating plan. An interesting idea. I’d imagine this one might end up with food being thrown at the very least!!
THIS has been developed as a Computing/ICT resource. This resource can be used to demonstrate progress of all learners over the course of a lesson. It could be easily adapted to demonstrate progress over a period of lessons (ideally 3 based on the 3 segments).
The resource is a different slant on the more conventional Progress Clock or Progress Wheel teaching resource used by teachers to demonstrate progress in a lesson for every student. It has been changed into a pie chart as this gives it the Computing/ICT backdrop. A blank template can be found in this link THIS Education Progress Pie Chart.
The idea is that students identify what they know at the start of lesson, the progress they have made in the middle of the lesson and then finally what they now know/have achieved by the end of the lesson. The example that can be seen in Image 1 shows a student in one of my groups who is nearing the end of a project over several lessons to create Apps using App Inventor. The student identifies their level and what they are going to do to try and make an improvement within a lesson. The student can show progress within the complexity of the task they are doing or via an improved level (hopefully both!).
It can be seen that the student is making choices about their learning, demonstrating understanding about what they need to do to make progress and developing independent learning skills within a given success criteria. It also provides a self assessment tool for students to use at 3 points during the lesson. It could easily be used as a peer assessment tool too. A collection of these would demonstrate progress over time.
At my school we have department open days which allow teachers to visit lessons in other areas of the school to gain ideas and provide constructive advice to improve teaching and learning. In my opinion this a truly collegiate approach to improve teaching and learning within the school structure and breeds a really supportive environment through peer review.
Image 2 shows feedback that I recently received at one of these open days when the Computing department was open for colleagues to visit our lessons. I have included these peer comments within the blog as it demonstrates what other teachers thought of how the Progress Pie Chart is used.
Progress Pie Chart main points from Image 2
‘Clear pathway for progress’
‘Students really interested and engaged, all spoke highly of how much they liked the pace and challenge – I liked the Progress Pie Chart’
‘Effective assessment tools’