I am going to be walking into your classrooms this week.
I have decided to write my end of term review tonight rather than wait for next Friday, which will be an evening of pre Sennen packing. Sennen my favourite place and favourite holiday of the year; this year more than any other year I am yearning for its open spaces, crashing shores and lack of wifi.
I have tried my hardest to limit my twiddiction/twitteriction by only looking at the weekend and am proud to say that I have only given in twice – well maybe three times. If you’re still not hooked try it out – it is an incredibly positive form of cpd. Take a look at the tweacher map that Mark stuck up on the staffroom whiteboard – see if you can find Mr S (Torquay7) – for some suggestions on people to follow. I am glad that I know that when Lucy leaves I can easily stay in touch through twitter and hope that she continues to follow us. We also of course now have @TweetsbySBL to explore and use to communicate with our community.
The most fun I have had this term has been with my Year 8 group and I am proud of our wordpress site http://sblyear7englishcsl.wordpress.com (I know it says Year 7…) My next step is to make sure that every student in the group has their own blog and I have just learnt how to create a blogroll/links to these. This will mean that they can directly upload to the site without having to email it to me and then for me to upload it to the site. I’m excited at the idea of being able to mark their final pieces online in the comments boxes and a little nervous as one of the reasons I want to do this is so that parents have more immediate access to their child’s progress. I am encouraging the class to ask their parents to comment on the blog too and hope that this will become another way of improving my contact with parents. The only downside has been that I have spent more time on the 8E site and I’ve been neglecting ‘A Bigger Boat’ which is probably even more important than ever as we seem to see less of each other.
My worst moments this term have involved thinking of and analyzing exams. We will need to address our intervention strategies early next term following our data inputs. We know how important it is to target the right students and that those students we have felt confident about achieving their TGs in the past may not. Please spend a little time over the holiday considering what we could do differently.
“Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
― Apple Inc.
This is a fantastic blog on marking and feedback – some of you will have already come across it. The links at the end are incredibly useful too.
Much love and many thanks