Tag Archives: Standards

Key English terms

16 Sep


Here’s a useful resource for students that can be adapted for whatever specialist subject/topic they are studying to assist in remembering key terms, words and phrases to include spellings.

For this sample I have included English terms courtesy of Georgina Hooper from Grimsby Institute which supports students to learn the terms used in the Functional English curriculum and exam papers.

Please feel free to adapt and share, tailoring it to your own curriculum. It really works as students have a reference instead of asking the tutor/teacher first and encourages independence.


Feedback mark sheet

15 Sep


After research into Hattie’s literature on feedback and consultation with students and peers we devised a feedback form for use when students submit a piece of writing which states clearly what they’ve done well, what they need to improve on and how they can improve.

On the other side of the sheet are a generic set of criteria that should be aimed for in every written piece of work. If you print these off back to back and chop them in half then every time a student submits a piece of written work then you can mark effectively and rapidly. Also, the student is clear about how they can improve and the final section offers the opportunity for them to set a target.

As I’ve marked I’ve stapled the front sheet (copied in a bright colour for visibility) to the student’s work so they can see what they’ve done well immediately and so far it’s working well.

Please feel free to share and adapt and thanks to the working group who assisted in its development at Grimsby Institute.


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Making feedback count

18 Aug


A good rubric to support giving feedback and ensure that the students are taking ownership of feedback and carrying out required actions from headguruteacher.

It’s easy to become complacent when giving feedback if you have a lot to give and students can see it as a limiting activity so with this guide you can embrace the process and ensure that the students and their work continues to develop on an ongoing basis.

Source: http://headguruteacher.com/2012/11/10/mak-feedback-count-close-the-gap/

Class standards activities

16 Jul


There’s some good ideas here for using to set class standards at the start of the year including using smiley faces (all students love these regardless of age) to determine good/bad behaviours in class.

I can’t recommend or place emphasis enough on setting agreed standards at the start of classes to ensure everyone knows where they stand with boundaries firmly in place. ¬†Just click on the link below to view the ideas from Jo Budden.

Source: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/language-assistant/teaching-tips/establishing-ground-rules

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