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Adrian Cotterell
Middle School Teacher | Director of Teaching & Learning | ICT Coordinator | Studying a Master of Clinical Teaching |
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Adrian Cotterell 2h
Replying to @alicekeeler
A camera that points out has certainly made it a much more versatile device. Our Yr 7’s have been enjoying them!
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Dan Rockwell 23h
Mediocrity arrives when difficult conversations are avoided.
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Adrian Cotterell Feb 23
Replying to @largerama
I agree. Empathy is important in education. I wanted to know what empathetic problem solving was. As you suggested it should be core to all teaching and learning. What does it look like?
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Greg Ashman Feb 20
I see no behaviour crisis
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Adrian Cotterell Feb 18
Replying to @malcoad @teacherbau
I try not to paraphrase their answer so that it becomes correct. If it is mainly off track, they need to know. Hard habit to get out of though. Especially if it’s from a student who doesn’t like to respond regularly.
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Adrian Cotterell Feb 18
Replying to @thingsbehindsun
I’m starting to come round to this point of view. However, I did have a student struggle to identify an odd number this week in Year 7 Maths. Not sure what to do there.
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Adrian Cotterell Feb 18
This post explains why we have decided to bring back exams in our Middle School. Not necessarily for their assessment value, but because of the revision they require.
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Adrian Cotterell Feb 18
A7 This book changed the way I wrote my assessment rubrics. They are now more valid, a source of good feedback and can be used as a differentiation teaching tool. The key is to replace the qualifiers with developmental language
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Adrian Cotterell Feb 18
A6 It’s important that the assessment is actually focused on what you want to measure. Students making videos as a response can be a great activity. But usually the assessment is most likely going to measure how well they can make a video.
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Adrian Cotterell Feb 18
A5 If teachers are lacking confidence in their assessments they ought to work with their peers. That is one of the easiest ways to increase the validity and reliability of an assessment.
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Adrian Cotterell Feb 18
Replying to @teacherbau
Sometimes. But I find it’s more effective to be more purposeful in asking Ss who I want to know if they are comprehending what I am teaching. Or I ask a Ss I know has the correct answer and I want to give them an opportunity to show off their knowledge publicly.
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Adrian Cotterell Feb 18
A3 I’ve been trying to get better at ‘cold calling’ while teaching. It has many benefits, but it’s probably the best way to assess initial understanding.
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Adrian Cotterell Feb 18
A2 Summary of learning across a unit of teaching
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Adrian Cotterell Feb 18
A1 Using assessment data to know what to do next. Stop, slow down, stick to the plan or move faster.
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Adrian Cotterell Feb 18
Replying to @largerama
What is an example of that within the Australian Curriculum?
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Adrian Cotterell Feb 18
Blog Post: Bringing Back Exams
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Adrian Cotterell Feb 17
Replying to @largerama
I had a year 9 boy write me an encouraging letter this week thanking me for teaching him in Year 7. Students were asked to write a letter to an adult who has helped them. It’s part of our Rite Journey program. It’s doing wonders in the character development of our young people.
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Adrian Cotterell Feb 17
Replying to @largerama
I am pretty sure that when Google wants an expert in computer science. They hire an expert in computer science with empathy. Not just someone with empathy.
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Adrian Cotterell Feb 17
Replying to @cigarssh
Quizzes are short 5-10 minute activities which fulfill a specific function. Exams give the time to assess a broad knowledge base.
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