Magazine article NATE Classroom

Theme for This Issue: Assessment

Magazine article NATE Classroom

Theme for This Issue: Assessment

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This is the subject which always fills the room with that strange mixture of dread and boredom--the same reaction that many of us had as schoolchildren I suspect! Marking students' work is always the task waiting for the spare moment that never comes; marking test papers or exam essays is usually an extra wide, high hurdle that needs high reserves of energy, determination and self-administered carrots or whips ... and if you take on external marking then you know at some point in the process that the pain is definitely out of proportion to the gain.

It's easy to forget that assessment is actually something all teachers do automatically every day--and feeding back immediately to students in as many lessons as you can is probably the most valuable form of assessment you do.

No need for either dread or boredom when leafing through this issue--there is an interesting mixture of news, views, and experiences throughout. Simon Gibbons thinks about what will happen now that KS3 SATs have disappeared and also, with Bethan Marshall, takes on the role of expert respondent in the Any English Questions' feature. …

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