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General Discussion / Re: Book monitoring
« Last post by Blue Square Thing on July 15, 2014, 07:22:58 PM »
I would like to introduce book monitoring to my department and was just wondering how others do this?
Termly? Year group? Faculty? Whole school? Frequency?
Lots of questions!!
Is there nothing in the school's assessment policy on this sort of thing? It's the sort of thing I might expect to find there first off - although whether it will specify frequency is rather dependent on how intelligently it's been written in my experience: assistant heads who teach core subjects sometimes seem to think "every group every fortnight" is fine until someone tells them they only teach the kids once a fortnight and teach every child in the school...

I do think you need to look at books. Perhaps half termly is a good starting point, but it sort of depends what you want to look for (progress over time perhaps?) and the atmosphere and culture in your department.

I think it would be interesting to use time at one departmental meeting to bring all the books from the department along (yours included) and for people to randomly pull books out and look at them perhaps. It would inspire some confidence on my part that this wasn't just a tick box check (ironically...). And to get another HoD to look at your departments books?
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General Discussion / Re: End of Year Quiz
« Last post by beckyt_22 on July 15, 2014, 02:12:51 PM »
Spark could you email me it to either
beckyt_22@yahoo.co.uk OR
Rphiri@miltoncross.portsmouth.sch.uk
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General Discussion / Re: Geography party games
« Last post by zcsaa44 on July 15, 2014, 12:51:07 PM »
Geography Twister - requires a large world map to place on the floor
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General Discussion / Re: Book monitoring
« Last post by zcsaa44 on July 15, 2014, 12:46:20 PM »
We have a weekly check from the HOD. She requests a set each week to check our marking then gives a feedback sheet. It means there is much more worry around marking, I mark what I think will be looked at. Has also led to ticking and flicking on occasion to get something done if the vast number of meetings and admin has stopped me marking. Annoying thing is my marking is far superior to hers, you can tell when students have moved from her lesson to mine as there are comments beyond 'well done'
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General Discussion / Re: 'I can statements' for GCSE
« Last post by zcsaa44 on July 15, 2014, 12:42:35 PM »
http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/I-can-statements-Geography-6437590/requestAction/add/

That should be it, it very simply the levels from Ofqual put into a table, the gaps filled in and then a very weak attempt to make them understandable.

A skills checklist would be good, will look into doing that as it would be much shorter and more useful than these vague descriptions.
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General Discussion / Re: Creative Approaches to Inspirational Geography
« Last post by Evlinda on July 15, 2014, 12:32:33 PM »
I had no idea- they are fab! will be using those next year.
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General Discussion / Book monitoring
« Last post by briggsr on July 15, 2014, 11:03:34 AM »
I would like to introduce book monitoring to my department and was just wondering how others do this?
Termly? Year group? Faculty? Whole school? Frequency?
Lots of questions!!
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General Discussion / Re: End of Year Quiz
« Last post by Blue Square Thing on July 14, 2014, 10:27:36 PM »
Here is my quiz. I may have got some of the rounds from other people on here as some is recycled from previous quizzes, so thank you.

Also, song lyrics round has not been made yet.

How do I attach something? Am I being blind?!

I'm not sure if you can attach something or not - I think you probably need to upload it to the internets somewhere and then provide the link to it. I'm not sure what the best place to do that is - a google document would probably do (zipped up folder might be easiest I guess): I've not been around for ages and tend to upload all my stuff to a specific domain anyway :-)
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General Discussion / Re: End of Year Quiz
« Last post by Spark on July 14, 2014, 10:22:08 PM »
Here is my quiz. I may have got some of the rounds from other people on here as some is recycled from previous quizzes, so thank you.

Also, song lyrics round has not been made yet.

How do I attach something? Am I being blind?!
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General Discussion / Re: Creative Approaches to Inspirational Geography
« Last post by Blue Square Thing on July 14, 2014, 08:50:05 PM »
Everyone you know knows about them. Assumptions are dangerous. :-)
I appreciate this entirely - my old  IT advisor has told me similar things many, many times. Moving schools is making me appreciate how right she (and you) are!
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