Friday, 18 November 2016

Baraza Blog- 18th November 2016

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Today our Baraza asked students about the rewards they receive, what they like, what they don't like and any ideas from their primary schools (or other schools) that they thought would be good to implement at FP2. 

Here's what they said:

Q- some students are still waiting for certificates and badges to go out
A- we have been waiting for the badge delivery and they have arrived TODAY!! Certificates will go out next week. Well done to all that have achieved bronze, silver and gold already!!

Q- students mentioned that they were not sure why they logged stickers even though lots of them do regularly- however they said that they really like the stickers and badges
A- school to review the use of Carrot rewards and let students know the outcome

Q- can we have more 'feel good friday' phone calls and postcards sent home?
A- yes of course. We will remind staff.

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There were also lots of ideas to improve rewards. Here are the ideas many (if not all) of which we will put into practice over the next few weeks:

- regular headteacher tea and cake for the those students who have gone 'above and beyond' in their learning 
- rewards assemblies every week
- college leaders to have rewards breakfasts- 'star mentee' of the week
- subject/ college stars of the week

When the Baraza Boxes go into all mentor rooms, we will hopefully get even more ideas! The more praise we can give out the better!

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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Baraza Blog- 4th November 2016

Year 7's thoughts on marking & teacher feedback

Marking and feedback is crucial to good learning. This Baraza was designed to get feedback from the students to see how we as teachers can improve our feedback!  The questions put to students focused on if there books are marked regularly, is the feedback from teachers useful to help with their learning, and do they have enough time to act on their marking. Here's what they said (questions were from Mr Plester and Mrs Brake with the students giving their answers):

Q: Are you books marked regularly?
A: Yes in almost all areas. It was noted that Discovery is not marked as regularly. Particularly good marking was noted for English, History, Geography, RE, Design Technology, most of Science, Maths.

Q: How can we improve our marking?
A: Can teachers make sure we can always read their handwriting!?
A: Can we have more DIRT (Dedicated Improvement & Reflection Time) in lessons after books have been marked?
A: Can EBIs be more about learning rather than presentation?

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- teachers should not mark ALL work in books as some are notes and/ or will be marked or assessed by students themselves

- specific pieces of work will be marked more thoroughly than others (this is for assessment purposes)

- subject specific vocabulary should be corrected (with students having to correct 3 times)

- feedback from the teacher during the lesson is often more effective to improve learning

- self & peer assessment can be quite hard unless students know what the success criteria are (one student asked if they could have some training before assessing!)

- homework will be checked regularly. If students are falling behind with homework they will do 3 nights of homework club during OOSHL until they are back on track

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