AGTA Marking in Geography

In August, 2017 I attended a marking in geography course hosted by the Auckland Geography Teachers association. As a first year teacher marking Level 1, 2 and 3 internals I felt this would be particularly beneficial as I lacked confidence in my marking.

Overall this course helped me develop confidence as I had some clarity around particular standards and heard other opinions from more experienced teachers. However, 2 things in particular stood out to me and I began to use in my teaching practice when marking internals.

  1. Holistic marking – this meant that while a student may have done well in one area and not in another as a teacher we can look at the mark holistically. This gave me more confidence in my decisions when marking. For example one level 2 student often had a strong grasp on ideas that came through in her writing but this didn’t necessarily have the same level of detail as another student – yet as a marker I was confident she had a strong grasp on the content overall. Or her use of examples demonstrated this strong knowledge rather than lots of examples that only really touch on the big ideas.
  2. Verbal re-subs – NCEA had encourage the AGTA to use verbal re-subs for assessment. I didn’t know this was possible and have started to use this as it limits time marking but also makes re-subs a bit more achievable for students who are good verbally but not so strong in their written expression. I have used this several times with students by asking them to explain and then noting their comments down on the google doc as a comment. This approach is particularly valuable for students who may struggle a bit with writing as well as being more efficient for teachers….lots of re-subs can be hard to manage teaching 3 year levels.
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