So two days to go. How’s it going? In the classroom clearing – one item to go and my “stuff” will be crowding our home for the holidays. The school laptop, keys and pass card to be returned by the end of school on Friday. So far fairly ok but more emotions as pupils say why are you leaving? Because I want to try something different after 8 years, still the “but …” From some.
In school under the leadership of two Easter appointees we have been developing a “Closing the Gap” marking strategy. In tonight’s staff workshop we held a departmental marketplace where different practices were looked at, discussed and ideas shared. It was great to see such ideas coming in (bit late for me, but…). I believe that my personal work using Solo taxonomy in the classroom has been focused around this very matter for the last two years and my practice has developed so that this has been the learning conversation in my lessons all year.
So a habit I have made previously is to seek the opinions of my peers – TAs and Teachers, on what they make of my practice. I have on occasions also asked my pupils, after all they are in my lessons and it is their learning that is the priority. So I modified the idea of the Closing the Gap exercise and have so far distributed sheets in 6/9 classes. The final three will be done tomorrow, Thursday. I will post a summary of my findings in a future post.
A few colleagues have commented on how “brave” a strategy this is, and like that word being used to my wife and I when we decided to adopt, it seems inappropriate. If I can not allow my pupils to give honest feedback and suggestions for the future about my teaching should I be teaching young people? The replies so far are honest, open and no rudeness which is a possible risk, but these will only be seen by me as that’s who the exercise is for.
So fellow bloggers and tweeters what do you think of the exercise?