Its course work marking time again and time to note down some thoughts. Although what with AIDA not being ratified we will be moving to Edexcel GCSE, so there I am perfecting the system just as we drop it. I am also going to ignore the rant that builds up in my head this time of year about the inherent problems of course work… that if its all about my tracking systems, time management and ability to get students to correct work then thats not really a fair reflection of some students work (‘nuf said)
- How to do more marking as I go along rather than just say thats ok. I need to be getting in to the nitty gritty of is it a 3 or 4 earlier and letting the students know. Our current Y10s are uploading work into Moodle which speeds up tracking & marking, but I decided to give ABC grades instead of numeric grades because the survey and database work are the big Y10 tasks and its good to give students easy to understand feedback. Although now I feel that to build up their understanding of the mark scheme earlier would be worth the effort even if that means saying “good db work thats 2 marks”
- How to transition into numerical marks whilst staying with Moodle.
- Planning we continue to do badly with. Students are awful about writing comments in their plan. Why not have another go at a separate project diary in Word (or blog if students wish). Angela says at her school if students are missing comments in their diary they get detentions so they learn to do that quickly.