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As a member of our school's 'Learning Team', I have been directed to form and carry out my own 'Passion Project.' More knowledgeable and prolific bloggers than myself have time and time again discussed the importance of feedback. Intuitively, this is nothing new- I loved it as a kid (yes, I was a bit of a geek on reflection). As a result, I thought I'd spend copious amounts (about half) of my photocopying and printing budget on flashy new displays that can actually be used and integrated within the course of my own lessons. The Dropbox link to everything on these walls can be found here if you'd like to steal...

So, three things I have on my walls in my new room (which is my own room, and I LOVE having my own room!) I thought I'd share are Magic Folders, A DIY Learning Wall and a VCOP Modelling Wall (the last of these isn't really feedback based per se, but is certainly part of the conversation to have during the lead up to a task, in that I can refer to mistakes/misconceptions from a previous piece of writing).

1. Magic folders: when marking work, I place coloured dots (very cheap from ASDA if memory serves) when I see a basic literacy (or other) kind of mistake, which links to one of the folders I have pinned to my back wall (see picture- if you zoom, each folder has a different coloured dot on it). 

During DIRT time, students then respond to my feedback, as well as finding tasks on the back wall that link to a mistake they have made. Obviously, you can have all manner of tasks but I'm starting with simple ones. It's shaved a tonne of time off my marking and students seem to enjoy the process of getting something back for their work and tangibly improving it.


2. A DIY Learning Wall (pic below): This is probably just dressed up and overly flashy, but I am really keen on helping students articulate themselves within the context of a lesson. Part of this is having a dedicated wall to help them structure their feedback to one another, as well as reflecting upon their own success. It's simply a collection of sentence stems, as well as a question grid from John Sayers to also help students come up with their own questions- yesterday, I had students ask questions to Lady Macbeth using the question grid, which worked nicely too. DISCLAIMER: bland health and safety display on bottom left is not mine...

3. A Modelling VCOP Wall Space: We have a shiny new build which is fab (despite the fact my interactive whiteboard hasn't worked since the start of term). However, the builders decided to put the whiteboards on a height that only probably the 7 foot plus Peter Crouch could justifiably use. I decided to use this wasted top area as a place to put VCOP posters, under which I could model each bit of the process for different types of writing for students. To begin with, I've given them the vocab/openers but I'm increasingly asking students to lead this process before writing begins. Again, see the pic below!




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