A peek inside my Back to School shopping basket
I know how loser-ish this sounds, but I love stationery. I particularly love picking up bits and pieces for the new academic year - Wilkinson's is a great place to go for novelty Post-Its and patterned notebooks at a decent price.
If I've got to mark books, I'll make sure I do it in a pen I enjoy writing with, and if I've got to give visible feedback, I'll liven it up by using fluorescent pink stickers if I so choose.
So today's post includes some of my stationery must-haves - I'm sure there will be more as I do this year's big shop next week!
In the grand site update, I've been looking through all my blog posts on my old site and trying to work out what's worth reposting. I found this gem from about three years ago...
"On the back of some fantastic A-Level CPD from Alan Jervis, I trialled "Red Pen, Green Pen Marking" with my Year 12s last year. I've now adopted this for all of my marking with all my groups, and it's working quite nicely. Well, except for the times I accidentally use the wrong colour and swear profusely. Occupational hazard of those funky BIC four-colour pens I suppose.
Most of the old posts just got deleted - as they say, every day's a school day and I'm doing things a lot differently now to how I was three years ago. However, Red Pen Green Pen has stuck with me. Our school's marking policy now uses What Went Well/Even Better If, so all my WWWs are written in green and EBIs in red. It's really useful for me to see straight away if I've had to give a lot of improvement feedback (lots of red!) as that's an indication I need to do a bit more work on that topic, and the students seem to respond to it pretty well.