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How do you track progress across the Department?

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by kittylion, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. kittylion

    kittylion Senior commenter

    What have you found the best way - a spreadsheet? Paper records? Ye olde trusty mark book?

    We have tried several methods - of course we all have our mark books anyway - but keep coming back to a spreadsheet, although I find it very onerous to fill in.

    Do you track half-termly or termly - and do you use the dreaded sub-levels?

    Any and all ideas/suggestions welcome.
  2. runaway

    runaway New commenter

    Aww don't feel lonely kittylion!

    You are absolutely right -there are no official sub-levels, so whatever you use is absolutely fine as long as -the crucial bit-everyone in the department is using the same criteria and you moderate/agree with each others judgements.

    If using a spreadsheet it's a lot easier if you get into the hang of using an electronic mark book so you can cut'n'paste if you are not uploading directly into SIMS rather than writing it out from paper. Best (but expensive) is if you can use a tablet or (- sharp intake of breath) an iPad (no really local language college is using them for all staff now and linked directly to SIMS) so you can mark discretely whenever and wherever -even taking the odd note in lessons. It's hard to describe but there are free (and paid for) teaching apps which can do this and track individuals very simply/easily even options to link to email addresses to send immediate notification to parents of missing HW/lateness etc.

    Cheaper is to just make sure your spreadsheet is a shared doc such as googledocs so it can be constantly updated at any time by all members of dept. Proper sharing not mucking about with 'it's on the shared drive'...

    Hang in there! And if anyone does have any bright ideas please share them!
  3. kittylion

    kittylion Senior commenter

    Thanks Runaway. Great ideas about ipads etc - don't know if I'll be able to swing that, but the suggestion could be made lol!

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