Happy Mothers Day to all the DC Mums!
Student Led Conferences
Once again, well done to all!
Year One Transition
It is a very special time for these little ones and their parents, please welcome them to the to the DC community if you have the opportunity!
Year 1-3 Swimming
Assessment For Learning
In his book ‘Embedding Formative Assessment’ Dylan Wiliams identifies 50 different assessment strategies. Below are three that you often see teachers around the school using. In planning this week discuss which ones you currently use and how they impact on student learning.
1) Hands Down or No Hands Up
Tell pupils they should only raise their hand to ask a question, not to answer one. The teacher then chooses pupils to answer, therefore gaining information on whether everyone is learning. Try using www.classtools.net – fruit machine programme on here where you can input names, save it and play it to choose pupils at random. Or write names on lollipop sticks or counters and pull out at random to answer.
2) Traffic Lights
Using the idea of traffic lights can help teachers gain quick real-time information about how students are feeling about new learning. Students can have personal fans or disks with three colours red, yellow and green to show how confident they are feeling about a challenge. They can hold these up during shared learning time or place them on their desk when working independently or in pairs. Also, when pupils finish pieces of work they can draw a small square on the page. If they do not understand the work they colour it red, if they are so-so then yellow and if confident then green.
3) Exit Card – Minute Paper
Before leaving a session on an exit card, students identify the most significant (useful, meaningful, unlikely) thing they have learnt during the lesson and write about it for a minute.
Week in Action
Professional Learning & Meetings this week...
Monday 11th May - Whole College Staff Meeting
Focus: We will be working with Maureen O'Rourke - PLT will print your class student voice for you, please bring along this evidence and be prepared to discuss.
Tuesday 12th May - 'Voluntary' -Whole College Staff Meeting
Focus: This meeting is voluntary. Any staff interested in attending are encouraged to do so. It will focus on looking at the evidence collected from a range of sources across the school and begin to discuss where to next for our school priorities.
Wednesday 13th May - Team Leaders Meeting
Focus: Reporting, 2015/16 Classes
Professional Learning & Meetings coming up...
Monday 18th - Staff Meeting
Wednesday 21st - Collaborative Planning
Cobra sport team dates...
13th May - U12 Girls - 3:00pm - 5:40pm
14th May - U12 Boys - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
14th May - U12 Girls - 3:45pm - 6:45pm