I spotted a conversation between Dave and Dafydd over on the SchoolHistory.co.uk forum, about question types in quizzes. These guys are two of Yacapaca’s most prolific authors, so if they don’t know, we have clearly not got the message across. So for reference, here’s the complete list. Bookmark it now for future reference!
The Yacapaca assessment question types
AKA “select your answer”. The original multiple choice question. Two to six options.
Two to six checkboxes, none, some or all of which need to Continue reading
This guest post is by Ali Gray, Head of Geography, West Hill Park School, Hampshire.
I tried out SPA with a Year 8 geography class recently. I gave them 20 mins of guided research on a topic and then they started the SPA. I have never seen them work so hard/ fast for 15 mins while they wrote up their answers!
It is intense (for the pupils), but very effective learning.
They enjoyed assessing each other’s work and they Continue reading
Consider a class that has studied a particular topic. Different students know different amounts about the topic. Some understand one aspect well, others another. Some probably haven’t ‘got it’ at all. You could say that understanding of your topic within the class is lumpy.
How can you efficiently share that knowledge and understanding so that every member of the class is informed, and has a good chance of retaining their deepened understanding in the future? And how do you Continue reading
||Guest post by Ruth Greener, Teaching, Learning and Assessment Coordinator and Teacher of English, St. Andrews School, Green Valley Campus, Thailand
I recently wrote two new Structured Peer Assessments to use in KS3 English.
- Honeydukes: “Write 100 words to advertise a brand new product that will go on sale in Honeydukes in Hogsmeade.”
- School Uniform: “Write 200 words to argue in favour of or against school uniform.”
Both SPA activities went well, but the Continue reading
Getting students to mark each others’ work has two huge advantage – it is brilliantly formative and it saves you a ton of time. But how accurate is it? And how do you validate that it really is helping students learn?
Structured Peer Assessment (SPA) is our patented system to deliver accurate, demonstrably-formative peer assessment. Here is what it looks like from the student perspective. Continue reading