Category: Science Teaching
Making Feedback Visible: Four Levels in Action
Five years ago I was starting to become concerned with the difference between marking and feedback. What was making a difference to my students’ learning and was the effort I was putting into detailed marking worth it in terms of their improvement? In reading Hattie’s Visible Learning for Teachers, Wiliam’s Embedded Formative Assessment and the pdf…
The Gradebook I Want
How can we develop a system that effectively combines standards-based grading practices with a balance between tracking MYP objectives and content-level standards in parallel?
Give a Student a Fish…
“Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he’ll feed his family for a lifetime.” Anne Ritchie, 1885 (maybe) This short post, again related to Understanding Learners and Learning, Visible Learning and MYP: Mind the Gap, revolves around my (admittedly flawed) memory of an old aid…
First Unit Reflections: Is It Working?
Summary of student feedback on the unit & teaching.
Using Student Learning Data to (try to) Improve Student Data Processing: A Department Goal
This year saw the start of a school-wide push to become more data-driven in our decision-making and evaluation. As a result, one of our goals as teachers at the start of the year was the Student Learning Goal, a target set by groups or individuals based on data collected in school. As a science department…
Using personal GoogleSites for learning, assessment & feedback in #IBBio
This is reposted from my i-Biology.net blog. To comment, please go there. ……….o0O0o………. Over the last two years, My IB Bio class have been keeping individual GoogleSites as records and reflections of their learning. Based on this experience and their feedback, I have tweaked the project to try to make it more effective as a…
Teachers as Researchers & Engaging in Academics
We need to get over ourselves and get involved in education.
How Twitter shook my confidence as a teacher (and why that’s a good thing)
I’ve been a Twitter user for about a year and a half. That’s late to the party, I know, but at first I was skeptical. It seemed a time-suck and a frivolity: what could be worth saying in 140 characters? Then I got on board and it was a bit of fun. I shared some…
Curriculum Studies Assignment: Physics & the MYP
With permission from my tutor, here is my Curriculum Studies assignment: “A critical review of a Grade 10 Introductory Physics course as part of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, examining selected aims and purposes and analyzing the extent to which these are, in my experience, achieved in practice.“ Catchy title, eh? Some quick reflections…
Differentiation through a ‘Readiness Filter’?
Carrying on from my last reflection on the differentiation workshops here this week… Some subjects have a great freedom of curriculum and are natural fits for student-driven inquiry all the way through to MYP 5 (and beyond if they exist as part of our IBDP). In their cases, one might put readiness, interest and learning…