Whilst running this term’s authoring CPD, I started getting really bugged that to get from the Results view to the Detail view, I had to go via the Assignments page and Actions dropdown. We’ve never had a single complaint about this, so maybe it’s just me, but nevertheless, time to do something about it.
So, here is the solution. On the Results page you will now find a direct link to the Detail view…
…and on the Detail view you will now find a direct link to the Results view.
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
Quick Assignments are a way to quickly assign, collect and grade written work. Unlike quizzes they won’t do the marking for you, but they will save you a lot of time and temper.
Now we have made them even quicker, by copying the Assign Again feature from quiz assignments.
Once you have created a Quick Assignment for one student sets, it is the work of seconds to assign it to more sets. In the assignments list:
Actions ->Assign again
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.