Not quite Weekly right now but trying to keep up!!
So, I have just posted my thoughts after attending a Level 6 Reading and Writing Conference and want to know what you think about Level 6!
Should Level 6 continue to be an indicator of a successful school? Should there still be the pressure for more children to reach this target (or whatever target the New Curriculum Assessment will throw up) in the future?
Please, share this with others and we’ll get a good idea about the general feel of this area of assessment!
Well, last time’s poll really brought in some interesting results! The focus was on setting by ability. 22.2% believed setting was a good idea, 33.3% believed setting should be instigated in Maths lessons but no others and 44.4% said that setting by ability should be avoided. That’s probably the most evenly spread result sen so far in one of these polls and highlights the need for research that has been done into this area to be examined and brought more into light – this decision can have a major impact on a child’s learning; is it therefore not important to decide what is best with evidence?
This week’s poll is linked to my last post on Parents Evening – what do you think is there most effective method of working in partnership with parents on their children’s learning? Obviously it will be suggested that more than one of these options should be used, and rightly so! However, which do you think has the biggest impact and which every teacher should implement?
Well, now is the time for another Teacher Voice Weekly Poll. Last time, the question was focused on group sizes used in the classroom. I don’t know if this was a less popular question or if it’s simply because I’ve not had the time to promote it but there were not as many voices heard as normal. However, the result was clear – 100% of the votes said that 4-5 children was the most popular group size. Why do you think that is? Does it provide the most opportunity for key language to be discussed among all learners? Is it simply the easiest group size to have logistically?
This week I’ve gone with this question on behaviour management. The context of this comes from an NQT Conference I attended today which I will hopefully blog about later. It raised a few questions for me from my Twitter experience as well as I have linked with different types of professionals who will have differing yet equally valuable views:
Which of these pillars of behaviour management is the most important in your view? Is there another that’s not mentioned which is more important? Of course, I’m sure we’d say that all are necessary but which do you feel has the most impact?
The last results of Teacher Voice Weekly Poll were quite split – what is considered the most effective method of CPD? The most popular option was observing good practice. Interesting results considering which options are the most used in schools…and they tended to be viewed as the last effective!
Anyway, onto this week! The basis of this week’s question comes from the petition I signed and posted about concerning teachers receiving free access to academic research journals on education. As I mentioned in my blog post I’m sure we wouldn’t say no to free stuff. However, the focus of the poll is if you think that you personally would benefit from having free access to these e journals and if it would positively impact your practice? If not then we can assume that it would not be worth the cost to make them freely available.
As always, please take the few seconds it does to vote and then invite others to take part. The more teachers that are heard, then the more likely it is that we can influence educational change!
I’m going to have last week’s poll carry over to this week as I’ve been away sunning up (in Devon) and haven’t really pushed this question out. It’s one with considering too, so please cast your views on there!