Does DIRT work in maths?

red or green pen?

I adore the idea of DIRT. Writing feedback that never gets looked at is absurd, and I love the “ethic of excellence” mentality. I’m struggling a bit with making it work for me right now, though.

This is my standard procedure.

I set and mark an exercise with a selection of problem types from the last 4 lessons.

I hand it back to the students. Their DIRT task is either to retry the question type they got wrong, or try my extension question in green pen.

I now have students doing individualised tasks right at the cusp of their understanding. Great.

Except.. how am I expecting them to successfully answer the questions? There’s been no additional explanation of the work to help them suddenly be able to answer this question that they couldn’t answer yesterday.

I’ve noticed a few students answering in green pen studiously and carefully; the only…

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