We were one of the trial schools for NAPLAN online this year. NAPLAN is the national literacy and numeracy test in Australian schools. Here is my motivational email to our Year 7 and 9 students and parents on the day prior to the test. Subject: Exciting Testing Times Tomorrow. On Mon, 14 May 2018, 5:58… Continue reading NAPLAN Online: Making History
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
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
Using the difficulty model to structure quality tests.
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.
Another missed opportunity. Frameworks, CSF, CSF2, VELS, National Curriculum, AusVels, Victorian Curriculum. My teaching career now enters its 28th year. I have lived through 7 incarnations of a 7 to 10 Curriculum in Victoria. One every 4 years is not bad I suppose. I have little experience of other countries to compare that too. Do we… Continue reading Victorian Curriculum: Will we just floodfill a 6.5?
This TED talk, although not specifically about classroom teaching gives a great insight into the difference between formative and summative assessment. We need to get these two zones into our collective vocabulary. Both staff and students need to be clear on the distinction between the Learning Zone and the Performance Zone. The key idea here… Continue reading Get in the zone: but know which one you are in.