When we think about professional learning, our first thoughts might go to all those twilights, courses and INSET days that we’ve attended over the years that didn’t quite work. We’ve all had to sit through hours of training that just hasn’t quite cut it for one reason or another. Ineffective CPL encompasses much of the following: […]Read more "The Thinking behind our CPL"
Our CPL year came to an end last week, culminating in a wonderfully collaborative Nano Meet. Summed up nicely in Alan’s plenary talk, the event was designed simply to give us space as colleagues to talk, reflect and critique. Alan reminded us of Wiliam’s notion that ‘everything works somewhere/nothing works everywhere’ and also Warren Little’s […]Read more "Our CPL Year"
A key component of great teaching is the explicit modelling of processes so that students learn how to adapt and apply their knowledge. Here are five simple strategies that make for high-quality modelling: Model live Unpacking and demonstrating how to solve a problem is common in some subjects, but can be completely absent in others. Modelling […]Read more "Effective Modelling"
In 2017 our Progress 8 was 0.17, yet for disadvantaged students this figure was -0.63. 1 in 5 children at KEVICC receive the Pupil Premium. A key priority for the College is to close the gap in progress and attainment between those students eligible for the Pupil Premium and those that are not. Research tells us […]Read more "Closing the Gap in the Classroom"
Yesterday after school, our middle and senior leadership were discussing the ethos and rationale behind our approach to feedback here at the college. Our latest collective work scrutiny tells us that we still have some inconsistency in how we encourage students to respond to our marking. We agreed that ensuring that our marking is acted upon […]Read more "Why feedback matters…"
We had a great Market Place this week to bring our collective CPL over the last two terms together. Here are some of the highlights from our evening: Feedback Strategies There were some great ideas from Emma’s hub: ‘Go for 3,’ ‘Comment girds combining growth mindsets and attainment, Triple Impact Marking, ‘Yellow box’ and test swapping. […]Read more "Our CPL Market Place"
If feedback seems like the new stick to beat us with, then it’s probably worth checking out Dan Ariely’s TED Talk on ‘What makes us feel good about our work?’. A behavioural economist, Ariely presents to us the stark impact of not receiving feedback. Check out the video from 9.54 minutes in. His message: not receiving […]Read more "The Motivation of Feedback"
Want to make sure the feedback you give has impact? Feedback that does not require a response, action or some kind of further learning is not really feedback – it’s simply checking. It’s important for sure, but will not necessarily move students on in their learning. The kind of feedback that interests us the most, is […]Read more "Feedback with Impact"