Classroom Managment · ICT · Mobile Phones

What should we do about mobile phones?

Should we change our mobile phone policy?

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Assessment · Teaching

Using No More Marking as a peer assessment tool

I wanted to trial No More Marking as a tool for formative peer assessment. The task: Students were given an exam type question on radiometric vs relative dating of fossils. They were given 10 minutes to answer the question and submit their answers on Moodle, our Learning Management System, as a PDF file. I logged… Continue reading Using No More Marking as a peer assessment tool

Assessment · Education

No more marking: Tinder for grading essays

No More Marking. Has there ever been a more enticing name for a piece of education software? No More Marking comparative judgement software has been championed by Daisy Christodoulou. Her writing on Education Myths and Assessment are well known. Her critiques of the adverb soup that we create when we develop rubrics and criteria sheets or use… Continue reading No more marking: Tinder for grading essays

School Leadership and Improvement · School Uniform

Why “It don’t matter if you’re black or white

We have had an ongoing issue at our school for a number of years now about the color of socks that are allowed in our school uniform. The summer uniform required plain white socks. Many students, sometimes supported by parents objected to this and chose to wear black socks. They would eventually end up in… Continue reading Why “It don’t matter if you’re black or white

Assessment · NAPLAN · Uncategorized

The Goldilocks principle of student stress.

Tom Bennett, twitter royalty or godfather of the Twitterati occasionally catches some “tit-bit” from the antipodes to tweet about. This week he provocatively responded to a comment from Jane Caro, a celebrity public schools advocate who was on a talk show decrying the stress that standardized tests put on students. I love Jane’s passion for… Continue reading The Goldilocks principle of student stress.