Using Dedicated Independent Reflection Time (DIRT) to help students make progress in practical work

The DIRT sheet looks very different from the last version but takes the important element and provides excellent evidence of progress over time in practical work. Continue reading Using Dedicated Independent Reflection Time (DIRT) to help students make progress in practical work

5 high impact and easy ways to speed up marking. 

There has been so much said recently on Twitter about marking and feedback mostly because Ofsted recently said that “there is remarkably little high quality, relevant research evidence to suggest that detailed or extensive marking has any significant impact on pupils’ learning” in a myth busting document published at the end of November. Marking has always been a contentious discussion in the 15 years I’ve been teaching … Continue reading 5 high impact and easy ways to speed up marking. 

Changing Levels: Making KS3 Assessment Work

Yesterday I wrote a post about how I intend to change Key Stage 3 Assessment to using a Graded system of 1 – 9. I have decided to go back to the Drama in Schools document published in 2003 by the Arts Council and build this new assessment system around the model of Make, Perform and Respond (MPR). I’ve broken MPR down in 6 different … Continue reading Changing Levels: Making KS3 Assessment Work

Changing Levels: Key Stage 3 Assessment Overview

I wrote a post a few months ago about the change to no longer using levels and the fact that, as Drama didn’t actually have any officially recognised levels anyway, we should be in a position to lead the way on the change to levels. Over the last few months I’ve been developing and creating a method of assessment using the idea of a system of … Continue reading Changing Levels: Key Stage 3 Assessment Overview

How I use DIRT in Drama lessons.

Dedicated Independent Reflection Time Dedicated Independent Reflection Time or Dedicated Improvement Reflection Time is, well, exactly that. Time given to the students to do nothing else but to reflect on their progress and consider how to improve and where to go next. It is something that I first came across from blogger Hunting English. How I use DIRT in Drama Key Stage 4 lessons. When I … Continue reading How I use DIRT in Drama lessons.

Evidencing Progress

I’ve just had feedback from a book scrutiny on my Year 10 Drama GCSE group. These have been some interesting bits of feedback that I want to reflect on. Firstly though, for context, in Drama we keep our classwork in folders and we have homework books for written work. This is because the class work tends to be recording progress using big A3 Graphic Organisers … Continue reading Evidencing Progress