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Student surveys can be illuminating

Student Surveys Student surveys can provide very useful data for teachers regarding their own teaching practice. In particular, they can help teachers to reflect on their teaching strategies, planning processes, lesson activities, assessment instruments and their rapport with students. This year I took a two-pronged approach: A short ‘tick and flick’ survey asking questions such…

Rubrics– articulating clear learning goals

One strategy to help students understand the learning goals for a task is to provide a simple rubric.  The rubric should break down any jargon found within the success criteria so that students can understand the learning goal (and establish a link between their own work and their likely grade).   I distinguish between what I…

Declarative and Procedural Knowledge checklists – articulate clear learning goals

The first step to a good formative assessment strategy is articulating clear learning goals.  One effective way to do this is to use a Declarative and Procedural Knowledge Checklist.   Cognitive psychologists classify knowledge into two categories: declarative knowledge (which the learner knows or understands) and procedural knowledge (which the learner is able to do).  In…

Consolidating student learning: lesson closures and plenaries

At the beginning of this teaching year I set myself the professional goal of improving my lesson closures/plenaries.  Students need the opportunity to consolidate their learning by reflecting on new material, making important links and recapping on newly learned facts and concepts. This year I have tried and tested a number of different lesson closure…