Monthly Archives: July 2018

Blog of the Week: 20 July 2018 – Daisy II

The final Blog of the Week of this academic year is from our very own JRM, someone who knows how to work hard and play hard.

Best wishes for a relaxing summer break!

 

Coniston Rally, 14-15 July

Daisy II in the secret harbour, ‘Wildcat Island’

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Blog of the Week: 13 July 2018 – Comparative judgment: 21st century assessment

The Wing to Heaven

In my previous posts I have looked at some of the flaws in traditional teacher assessment and assessments of character. This post is much more positive: it’s about an assessment innovation that really works.

One of the good things about multiple-choice and short answer questions is that they offer very high levels of reliability. They have clear right and wrong answers; one marker will give you exactly the same mark as another; and you can cover large chunks of the syllabus in a short amount of time, reducing the chance that a high or low score is down to a student getting lucky or unlucky with the questions that came up. One of the bad things about MCQs is that they often do not reflect the more realistic and real-world problems pupils might go on to encounter, such as essays and projects. The problem with real-world tasks, however, is…

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Blog of the Week: 6 July 2018 – The Importance of Teaching ‘High Culture’

Trivium 21c

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“As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” Gangsta’s Paradise: Coolio

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” Psalms 23:4 King James’ Version

The other day I was working with some teachers coming to the end of their training, the conversations were rich and rewarding and I have a good deal of faith that they will become great teachers. I was opening up debate by offering some provocations, including saying that it is important to not only teach ‘great’ work but also to help children develop a sense of what ‘great’ might be. Whilst emphasising the subjective nature to these judgements, I was arguing that children need to develop an ability to take part in the conversation and not feel excluded. One ITT suggested that this could occur from popular culture quoting the ‘Coolio’ lyric above. I pointed out that if someone did not know…

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