Examination week

23 09 2008

Not sure which forum this should go to, and as well as that, I wonder if
anyone else has had experiences to share with the way this 2 week exam
block has gone so I thought I’d put it out there and see what happens. If
I was technical maybe I could do a blog!
I’m sure there will be reasons I am unaware why it ran like it did but
here are some of my experiences:

We have lost a lot of lesson time (which most faculty can’t afford to
lose) replaced with supervised study that I do not believe a lot of
students are capable of using properly. Most days I have heard stories to
support this.
Many students have had 4 study periods in the morning everyday before an
afternoon exam (often one of the SC subjects) – a time of fatigue for
students!! Not sure even staff could perform well under these conditions.
Doing home study may benefit those who are motivated and have parents that
can drive them around at their beck and call.

Alternatives from some staff:
Could subjects do their exams in doubles, even in venues like PA, Bros
house etc to mimic exam settings?
Could a Mon/Wed exam day be used for the SC subjects in week 9 before the
Yr 12 events? The other subjects been done in class time.
Could study seminars be run in study time blocks to assist students who do
not have support/skills cope with their study?

There is probably more but hopefully it could be a point at a KLA meting,
a staff meeting etc so people can share their experiences/ ideas???

Cheers, Carol


Truth Trash and the Internet

9 09 2008

We have been having this discussion for a while

Have a read and share your classroom experiences.


Staff development day 5th Sept 08

5 09 2008

Today we began the day with our KLA Coordinators sharing some of their initiatives in raising the bar with HSC students.

Simon Abernethy pointed out in the introduction that we really need to start earlier on with Year 7. Our endeavor to improve learning and teaching needs be implemented across the board.

Here are what some of our KLA Coordinators said

(feel free to add a comment if your KLA was missed)

PDHPE: Memorising syllabus points, peer marking

HSIE : Peer marking, focus on handwriting, mind mapping, exemplar responses from student answers are typed up and shared with the group

Science: Linking first hand investigations to content( Prac and theory link). ESSA has been a good tool to track students. Staff have been given earlier results to keep an eye on student progress.

Encourage students to use a variety of study sources. ” Success One: HSC book is purchased for the students.

Senior Science have smaller groups which gives teachers more time to analyze results and feedback to students.

Encourage use of online resources and create opportunities to “Meet the Markers”.

Mathematics: A considerable amount of time is used to look at past questions. Exposure to a variety of exam questions. Time is spent with students at looking at how marks are awarded and what is expected from the examiners.

Mathematics has begun using a tracking system based on marks from yr 7 onwards. This creates the opportunity for teachers to approach students who are not performing as expected.

During the next lot of Holidays teachers will hold tutorials based on student nominations ie weakness areas.

Religious Education:

Time spent on past papers syllabus outlines and notes from the marking centre.

There has been a suggestion to introduce oral presentations.

Gifted and Talented

5 09 2008

We are at the forefront of an education revolution at this school. Hopefully we will see more students recognised in this category. More details will follow at a later date.

T. Sheehan


5 09 2008

There has been some debate about ichat recently through email about the merits of ichat and the strategies to use to monitor it. Some suggestions have been set about desks at the back of the room to monitor the student work. This is great in a ‘normal’ class room but what about when you only have the classes in CAPA block or the textiles room, or a room that does not have a traditional set up. And whilst you can be logged into ichat on your own lap top, this does not help when students require help and you are not at your desk. I sent a double period with year 7 doing a comic life activity. They were fantastic, but i didn’t get back to my desk too often due to the questions they had. Lucky Steve was monitoring them and no one was on ichat, but these situations can be tough. Any suggestions on this?

Laptops and Literacy: Learning in the wireless classroom

3 09 2008

Mark Warschauer’s Laptops and Literacy: Learning in the Wireless Classroom

has eight chapters that build upon one another to show how the incorporation of technology, specifically laptops, could work to increase literacy rates.

Warschauer looks at ten schools in Maine and California to show how laptops help improve literacy in the classroom. He wrote his book based on the action research he conducted at these schools over a two year period.

read the document