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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…

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…

My professional growth goals

According to AITSL (2012), teacher growth and development is the central factor in establishing a performance and development culture in education.  As part of my ongoing professional development, I have set some professional growth goals based on the following broad categories: Formative assessment Student motivation Religious Education content, curriculum and pedagogy “Reflective teachers systematically set…