Hi all, During the summer holidays I decided to rethink (it was needed) assessment and marking methods in my subject. After talking to a teacher form another school, I decided to 'borrow' her idea and now at the end of each lesson students answer four questions (linked to bloom's taxonomy) in their books which, after every 3rd lesson, are marked (thus 12 questions in total). I look at their other work, but unless their is a glowing error somewhere, the only work that is marked are these 12 questions. I also record a mark in my mark book which helps me when it comes to termly data input. To start with all was going well, as you would expect higher ability students were completing all four questions in depth and my lower ability just the first few questions or all four but in less depth. I was providing EBI's to students - mostly to revisit one question and either have a go at it or develop the answer further. But then... A member of SLT commented that by asking these four questions at the end of each lesson all I was doing was testing their short term memory, in fact, about 30 minutes of it. If I gave the same four questions to the students six weeks later would I get the same results? I agreed that I probably wouldn't. This has now confused me. I thought I had a system that 1) enabled me to identify understanding from that lesson 2) enable me to asses my students learning 3) reduced my marking - which it did! But now I am unsure if it is the most effective method. Am I just testing their very short team memory without really testing what they have 'learnt'? Am I over thinking this or should I review it? (I did think about testing them every 3rd lesson with a set of 12 questions, trouble is we don't have any lesson time to revise the things we learnt over those lessons and I think it is unfair to students to have to remember something I said in 30 seconds 3 weeks before - or more if a half term. Homework as revision is out of the window as we can only set homework 3 times a year). I really hope this does not sound like a 'New-Year' moan. Anyone able to lift the mist from my brain and offer some advice? Please!