How much difference does two years of education really make? Not to specific taught subjects, but to a child’s overall preparedness for the world?
To find out, I analysed the global results from our 2020 Topical Christmas Quiz. I looked at the average result per year group for each of the Gap Analysis categories. Here’s what I found out.
Do you see it? Two years of mental development has had no impact at all on your students’ knowledge of popular culture. But – just look at the other end of the graph! Knowledge of World Affairs more than doubled, from 20% to 42%. Similar story with Science, Covid-19 and Politics.
Someone is extending these young peoples’ horizons massively beyond movies and hit singles. And, if you are a teacher, I think that someone is you.
Thanks Rachael! I hugely enjoyed interviewing you and learned a great deal in the process.
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Congratulations – you survived the lockdown and are now back at school. Mostly. For the moment.
It looks like we are set for up to a year of on-again off-again schooling for many of your students. The challenge has moved from how to teach 100% remotely, to how to teach some students remotely whilst still providing a full classroom experience for the others. And spinning plates with your free hand.
To keep these at-home students on track, you need a personalised, online, workflow-based system. You must be able to assign work, track whether and when it is done and analyse the results – all with as little time input from you as possible. And guess what? As a Yacapaca member, you already have one. Here are your key tools:
How to assign tests to a single student
You are used to assigning to a whole class at once. To limit the assignment to a single student, you need to override that default in the assigning system, like this:
The A-level results came out on August 13th. In the absence of exams, they were estimated from several data sources using a fairly intelligent algorithm. Results were well up on last year, yet there were such howls of anguish that the government was forced into a humiliating policy U-turn four days later. What on earth went wrong?
In retrospect, we can see the algorithmic approach was doomed from the start. Let’s walk through this, taking a Continue reading →