Feedback should not just be about the grade. We need to find a way of stopping students obsessing about the grade and help them to focus on their feedback instead. But how? Continue reading To grade or not to grade?
All students in your classroom need to have their thinking stretched. For many students, that level of stretch and challenge comes from your normal lesson content and quality first teaching. But, there is a group of students in every school and classroom who need extra to achieve their potential. The stretch and challenge of the main lesson content may well not be enough for them. … Continue reading 5 ways to Stretch and Challenge more able students in Drama
A few weeks ago I put a poll on Twitter asking a simple question. Do you use books in Key Stage 3 Drama? I asked this question because it seems to be a divisive issue that people feel passionate about for varying reasons. Reasons range from books being an important part of Key Stage 3 for recording students responses or feedback to books having no … Continue reading Do you use books in Key Stage 3 Drama?
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.
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.
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