It is that time of year when you start to look back and reflect upon what has worked well (and what hasn’t gone quite to plan). We all start the year with lots of new ideas, plans and reignited enthusiasm for teaching…unfortunately I am lucky if I see new ideas through until Christmas! With this in mind, I have learnt over the years that having a select few gems to focus my attention on throughout the year, often means I see them through more successfully. This year’s new focus was the HW booklets (see Homework – who is it really ‘work’ for?.) I am so pleased to report that they have been a huge success:
- Only two students, out of about 70 students that I taught this year, lost them.
- Students got into a routine quickly of completing the different sections, mostly on time.
- The standard of work in a lot of cases was outstanding because students could maintain consistency of work throughout.
- Students now have a record of extended activities, wider reading and exam practice all in one place.
- It was easy for me to remember where we were up to with HW, I didn’t have to worry about setting it and constantly reminding them.
- The designed activities were relevant and purposeful for development of understanding – rather than a last minute thought of ‘just finish off …’.
- Above all else…they were so EASY to mark! The students were doing more work than me (which is very unusual when it comes to marking and work load), I could write feedback relevant to the task and all of the feedback is in one place.
I have to admit that I wasn’t as regimented as I had hoped and struggled to keep to the every Friday was HW set and collect but the booklets did mean that if I had five minutes here or there during lessons, I could grab a couple of booklets and mark them.Students comments on the HW booklets included: Continue reading “Teaching and Learning Reflections 2018-2019”