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.
- 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.
- 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.