I first heard about marking sheets a few years back, but they were often used in conjuction with a mark book and purely for the teacher to see. Since then many of these feedback/marking crib sheet designs have floated around on Twitter- with the main difference being sharing this information with students. I first saw the idea from @MrThornton who (I believe) shared this idea first. This was then followed by @ ‘s version and I decided I had to have a trial and see what the hype was about. My version combines the two templates and works as follows:
- I carry out a book look through all the books- making notes as I go.
- In the heart shape I identify the names of students who have done very well.
- Identify those who need to finish work (and what the piece of work is).
- Check to make sure that there are not any misconceptions-if there are write an explanation of what that misconception is.
- List out the correct spellings of commonly misspelt words.
- In the “steps to progress” section list a number of tasks that students can complete to make progress- these tasks are differentiated.
- Photocopy the sheet for the class- give one to everyone.
- Students write out all spellings (I made everyone do this- practice makes perfect!)
- I made sure students who had unfinished work had the resources to complete.
- Students picked 1-2 tasks from the list and completed them. I told them to pick tasks that they felt challenged them, I checked which tasks they were completing and advised them to complete a different one if more appropriate. In future I might make a list of names of each student who should complete which task and display it on the board to ensure they are picking the appropriate ones.
+ it is definitely workload reducing- I “marked” 2 year 10 sets in one hour
+feedback can still be personalised
+ students want to be in the heart shape- it promotes positive ATL
+ students still make progress and close the gap in the knowledge/ skill they have not understood
– it can’t be used in isolation- students still need traditional feedback
– Next time I would definitely tell the students at least one task they should complete.