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The CRAFT of Assessment

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In the ‘CRAFT of Assessment’, Michael unpicks the five key principles to support middle and senior leaders in creating a climate for a meaningful, manageable and motivational whole-school approach to assessment through condense, reflect, assess, feedforward and target-driven improvement.

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In the ‘CRAFT of Assessment’, Michael unpicks the five key principles to support middle and senior leaders in creating a climate for a meaningful, manageable and motivational whole-school approach to assessment through condense, reflect, assess, feedforward and target-driven improvement.

In Chapter 1, Michael explores the role of condensing learning to create meaningful knowledge sketches and ownership of their learning providing them with the platform to transform new learning into memorable materials that can be used to rehearse and deliberately practice.

In Chapter 2, Michael explores how teachers at both primary and secondary phases can create opportunities for pupils to strengthen memory connections through retrieval and spaced practice, using frequent low stake testing to review previously taught concepts and processes. This allows pupils to deliberately practice retrieval to improve long term memory and knowledge recall.

In Chapter 3, Michael considers the debate on the historical use of assessment to check for understanding and argues that the use of levels and grades have inevitably distorted the real value behind the use of formative and summative assessment, to support teachers and pupils in improving their outcomes.

In Chapter 4, Michael explores how the use of feedforward can support the focused re-teaching of misconceptions and further models of excellence informed by student outcomes from the formative and summative assessment.

In Chapter 5, looks at the research around the use of feedback in the classroom and the strategies that teachers can use to provide pupils with positive and specific targets to close the knowledge gaps by ‘holding the grade’. This enables students to use this time to conduct focused editing and re-scripting to effectively and constructively implement the directed improvements. This book would be suitable for teachers in both the primary and secondary phase.

About the author

Michael Chiles is an experienced teacher who has been teaching geography for over 10 years and is currently a Head of Department. He is also an experienced Principal Examiner. Michael writes blogs at GeogHod and tweets at @m_chiles. He enjoys walking and exploring the British countryside with his Border Collie.

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Seamlessly combining a wealth of practical ideas with research-informed explanations, this book is a must read. Mike's years of experience as a classroom teacher shine through in this book that will simultaneously challenge your thinking, force you to try out new ideas and fall in love with the CRAFT of teaching. --Kate Stockings, @kate_stockings

This is a superbly executed book. Establishing an effective process of assessment and feedback is one of the most difficult aspects of teaching and this book contains a wealth of insights and ideas for getting it right. I love how the research background quickly leads into concrete practical strategies that are interwoven with teachers' real experiences through the Teacher Spotlights. Real examples of student work and teachers' formative assessment and feedback strategies bring the ideas alive in a way that few books manage to do. This will be a great addition to any school's CPD library and should be widely read and shared. --Tom Sherrington, author

A superb blend of evidence, lived experience, often bitter sweet and case studies make this a terrific contribution to our collective understanding of this fundamental aspect of our work. -- Mary Myatt

All of the content covered in this book will be of use and value to those who works in schools, regardless of age range or subject, as it focuses on key aspects that are vital to teaching and learning. In addition to the discussion of widely discussed topics such as different forms of feedback and retrieval practice strategies there is also sound advice around areas not as widely discussed such as effective PowerPoint design and how to communicate learning intentions. The book is well referenced and contains a fascinating range of case studies in the form of teacher spotlights featuring classroom teachers, leaders and educators from across the UK and beyond which further adds to the authentic voice of the book, learning from those sharing their experiences from the classroom. Teachers and leaders alike will love this book and find it helpful for improving their own practice and/or supporting others too. — Kate Jones @87history Author of Retrieval Practice and Love To Teach. Head of History at The British School Al Khubairat, Abu Dhabi. 


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Author Michael Chiles
ISBN 9781912906819
No of pages 200
Format Paperback
Publication Date 27 Apr 2020

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