Less testing, more teaching. An idea whose time has come.
Take a moment, imagine it.
Six weeks a year we spend writing exams. A week before each of the two the examination periods is given over to exam preparation. And before those dreaded weeks I am constantly aware of how much I have to leave behind, unexplored, because of the dreaded syllabus that needs to be completed before my kids have to sit down and prove, again, what they have already shown me in class.
Even I (and I am no Maths boff) can work out that eight weeks will give me an extra forty days of teaching time.
What would I do with an extra eight weeks of teaching time? I probably would not even add anything new to my syllabus. But I can teach in greater depth, have time for discussions and side-ways exploration. We might even go off-topic and come full circle back on-topic.
Okay, truthfully, I…
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