The silly thing is, unsurprisingly, whatever you call the Quality Assurance in any profession, its primary objective remains the same. Therefore, it's not the idea of being scrutinised that we don't like - it's the idea of 'failing' it. Furthermore, it's the proceeding steps that cause the discomfort; what happens next? That's the bit we need to get better at. It's common sense to check the quality of a product. Your car goes for an MOT, restaurants leave you a comment card, and I know you've heard of Trip Advisor. It's a necessity. Often misconducted.
My post today comes with a couple of aims:
- The first is to bravely (stupidly on such a global scale?) show you a sample of my English books; the beginning and end of a term. Perhaps, if we were all more open to letting people, virtually, into our classrooms, we wouldn't fear this idea of scrutiny. We all know we secretly want the feedback to push us further.
- The second aim is an attempt to further show you the proof of many of my previous posts (the links to which will be scattered below). In recent years, based on a range of different experiences (both positive and negative) I have found myself becoming a stand for the teaching of writing. A stubborn man, I'm gently carving my practice. I believe my methods work, but I'm likely blinded by my own pride in my kids. You're impartial.
Below, you will find 2 pieces of writing, each, from a small group of children in my English class. They will be presented as a series of paired sliding photos; one pair per child.
- I teach, what would be considered, the 'lower set'. Hold fire; that's a contentious concept I'll be blogging about soon.
- The first photo in each set was from our first day; their first piece of writing for me, for which they had no support. It was useful for me to see what they're capable of as a first resort (similar to my Entry Quiz system in Maths).
- The second photo in each set was the last piece of writing from last term for which, again, they received no support. It is, however, the product of the quality first teaching between the 2 points - I guess that's where I nervously hope I've had impact.
Disclaimer. I'm more than aware we are very much 'working towards' age expectations. However, I am so proud of how far they have come in a single term, and I am really looking forward to building on our strong foundations. I am pleased to be developing a class of young writers, who are seeing themselves as such; writers. We will add further tools to our ToolBox in the coming terms. Let me know if you'd like updates!