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Stretch and Challenge

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Rebeccaew

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Stretch and Challenge
« on: January 11, 2016, 01:15:55 PM »
Hi, we are meeting as HOD to look at ways of identifying when specifically we are stretching and challenging our students and to make this evident in their books. (This has come about after a recent Ofsted inspection).

I know we should always be s & c but apparently this needs to be more explicit in their work.

I have heard of schools operating a 'purple zone' time in the lesson where this s & c steps up a gear, others I know use challenge stamps in books (These have been looked into but are quite costly)

Any other ideas you may use would be great.

Thanks, Rebecca.

Evlinda

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Re: Stretch and Challenge
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2016, 02:50:36 PM »
The main ways we do this are to use differentiated learning objectives and differentiated tasks within lessons. GCSE at the moment you can show evidence of higher and foundation tier tasks/ papers/ questions.
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Re: Stretch and Challenge
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2016, 02:58:22 PM »
A simple thing we do sometimes is to set "extra challenge" questions - essentially extension tasks that have been 'rebranded' to be a bit more challenging. We also frame it in terms of "if you feel like having a go at the extra challenge question..." rather than it being a mandatory task. These can be evidenced in exercise books by printing him on a strip of paper that the student answers the question on. As I said, this is nothing groundbreaking, but may help you tick a box.

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Re: Stretch and Challenge
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2016, 07:03:16 PM »
Similar to Venna; we have a 'challenge wall' which displays extension tasks G&T students can choose from e.g. if they finish the work ahead of others.  It has 15 or so shortish activities that consolidate the k&u acquired during the lesson.
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Re: Stretch and Challenge
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2016, 10:49:23 PM »
Ads - I'm interested in the 15 activities you have on your wall for students.  Would you be keen to share please?
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Re: Stretch and Challenge
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2016, 08:03:47 AM »
Ads. yes if you could share your 15 tasks that would be wonderful please

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Re: Stretch and Challenge
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2016, 01:39:12 PM »
Thank you for all the posts asking your ideas.
Amongst others things, we have decided when we are marking to ensure we ask a question to deepen their thinking/understanding of the work they have just completed. The students will then respond to this in purple pen.
Add - do you keep changing your challenge board for each year group/topic?

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Re: Stretch and Challenge
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2016, 10:05:22 AM »
Even key tasks can be differentiated based on current/target level. So a menu on the power point - names colour coded - task based on their current/target level; then again colour coded challenge target cards; you can even have homework menus. IMO, the powers that be simply want to see that you know your students level and target it differentiated in tasks set in class/home. Oh forgot possibly have a display (mountain geographical or whatever; individual students a climbing the mountain to show progress. Inherently the powers that be are bone idle so you need to jump through hoops to make it so EASY for THEM; stamps; codes in margins; coloured pens for certain tasks, even photocopy marking/challenge feedback - show progress/feedback confirmation from student. So after running around like a blue bottom fly you might get to teach too. Good luck.
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