When students misspell a common word, what is driving the error? I analysed 35,000 Peer Feedback entries in which the student had intended to write “wrong” and found 1614 instances of misspellings – about 5% of the total.
Of the misspellings,
- 62% entered “rong”, a phonetic error
- 27% entered “worng”, a typographical error.
My own spelling changed from atrocious to moderately good overnight, when a psychologist colleague taught me the visual spelling strategy. It looks like a good proportion of these students could still benefit from the same thing. The rest just need to learn touch typing.
I have yet to meet a single head or senior teacher who can answer this off the top of their heads, but it is easy to work out using government-published figures.
- Teachers work 55.7 hours/week total1, and spend 9.4 hours/week marking2. That’s 17%.
- The average teacher salary is £38,2463, but we have to add the employer’s NI contribution of 13.8% to give an employer cost of £43,524, ignoring all overheads.
- 17% of £43,524 of is £7,399. That’s what we spend on marking per teacher, per year.
- The average secondary school employs 654 qualified teachers, so the total cost per school is £480,935.
I’ll repeat that. The average state secondary school spends just shy of half a Continue reading
If you want to deliver a traditional summative test, use Exam Mode.
Exam Mode excludes
- multiple attempts
- right or wrong notification after each question
- formative feedback after each question
but is otherwise Continue reading
Log into your Yacapaca teacher account and go to
More tab -> Progression Charts
For each of your student sets, you will see something like this:
You can select some or all sets to compare with a simple search field.
But you can do a lot more than this. You can also Continue reading
Yacapaca has a very sophisticated built-in revision management system for all our most popular subjects, and it is very easy to set up. Here’s how.
1. Enable revision topics
Students tab > Student sets > Actions > Topics for Revision