Practising my way to being a better teacher | warrenvalentine

Reading Harry Fletcher-Wood’s latest blog in his series on practice based development, I have come to reflect on how I can sharpen my own professional development.

Harry is right to suggest that practise is an extremely effective route to improving professional practice. My experience of teacher training and CPD sessions earlier in my career had been loaded full of ideas. There were card sorts of activities to try out, discussions around a range of different elements of teaching practice. In each of these sessions, I left with an unfortunate mix of feeling overwhelmed and disinterested….

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Practising my way to being a better teacher | warrenvalentine

Reading Harry Fletcher-Wood’s latest blog in his series on practice based development, I have come to reflect on how I can sharpen my own professional development.

Harry is right to suggest that practise is an extremely effective route to improving professional practice. My experience of teacher training and CPD sessions earlier in my career had been loaded full of ideas. There were card sorts of activities to try out, discussions around a range of different elements of teaching practice. In each of these sessions, I left with an unfortunate mix of feeling overwhelmed and disinterested….

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Can you instinctively know the grade of a piece of work? | warrenvalentine

I have been thinking about how we might persuade colleagues to revisit their initial approaches to assessment at work. It is only once we truly understand the ingrained habits and assumptions that one can begin to encourage a genuine reorientation. I am also conscious that recent education debate is dominated by a so-called ‘progressive’ versus ‘neo-traditionalist’ dichotomy. Believing, habitually, that where two opposed positions are set out, the best approaches usually emerge from the grey area between, I want to better understand teacher’s responses to ‘new’ assessment theories to…

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Can you instinctively know the grade of a piece of work? | warrenvalentine

I have been thinking about how we might persuade colleagues to revisit their initial approaches to assessment at work. It is only once we truly understand the ingrained habits and assumptions that one can begin to encourage a genuine reorientation. I am also conscious that recent education debate is dominated by a so-called ‘progressive’ versus ‘neo-traditionalist’ dichotomy. Believing, habitually, that where two opposed positions are set out, the best approaches usually emerge from the grey area between, I want to better understand teacher’s responses to ‘new’ assessment theories to…

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Colourful Comparative Judgement | warrenvalentine

Further Refinements Using Comparative Judgement

I recently wrote about my experimentations this year with Comparative Judgement, which are worth a read here. I spoke of making a further refinement in practice to make it easier to use with my sixth form essays.

Now that there are no longer AS exams to generate reliable data on our students,  we have conducted a second wave of formal assessments with our students , as a series of ‘end of year’ exams. A source essay was set for the AQA ‘2M Wars and Welfare’ unit relating to the General Strike, and students essays were scanned in to be judged…

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Colourful Comparative Judgement | warrenvalentine

Further Refinements Using Comparative Judgement

I recently wrote about my experimentations this year with Comparative Judgement, which are worth a read here. I spoke of making a further refinement in practice to make it easier to use with my sixth form essays.

Now that there are no longer AS exams to generate reliable data on our students,  we have conducted a second wave of formal assessments with our students , as a series of ‘end of year’ exams. A source essay was set for the AQA ‘2M Wars and Welfare’ unit relating to the General Strike, and students essays were scanned in to be judged…

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Making Good Progress | warrenvalentine

How can we put the lessons from Making Good Progress into practice?

I had originally intended this to be a follow up to my two blogs reviewing the new Robert Peal series of textbooks. However, I think the ideas contained in Daisy Christodoulou’s book demonstrate weaknesses with the design of most school’s assessment models and require application far more widely. There has been a refreshing focus on models and theories of assessment in education discourse recently. However, it has only served to depress me, that we’re doing it wrong! Time for some optimism, and to start thinking about what…

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