Earlier today Peter Blenkinsop left a comment on this post by Joe Kirby, making a very good point.
He’s referring to the work that David Didau’s been doing over the past year to try to explain how ‘learning’ isn’t a thing that necessarily happens in one lesson. It might, but it might not, and in that lesson we have no way of knowing.
From this, Didau has been making the point that a lot of the rhetoric around ‘sustained and rapid progress’ in lessons, or around ‘mini-plenaries to show observers what marvellous learning is taking place,’ or even that the entire graded observation machine and the cult-of-outstanding are deeply flawed.
So, if all that’s true, if learning cannot be observed in a lesson, what on Earth is the point of AfL assessment mechanisms such as exit tickets, and for that matter, hinge questions, mini-whiteboards, checking kids’ work as they’re doing it…
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