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Share Most Ridiculous Book Scrutiny Feedback!

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by S1G7FD, Feb 1, 2020.

  1. S1G7FD

    S1G7FD New commenter

    Let’s see what fun we’ve all been having with book scrutiny feedback!

    I’ll start off with the worst sin of all: What was in the book on December 10th did not match the lesson plan. Might as well end the career right there!
    gruffalo4, BetterNow, s10327 and 3 others like this.
  2. meggyd

    meggyd Lead commenter

    Good use of stickers and stamps!
    ajrowing, S1G7FD, agathamorse and 2 others like this.
  3. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Wrong shade of green
  4. andthentherewerenone

    andthentherewerenone New commenter

    One child had written in too much detail
  5. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    To think about...
    The only apparent differentiation is that some children use manipulatives, some have adult support and some work independently and that the children in each group change each lesson.
    Some work appears to have been marked by children.

    Work is neat
    Work, when marked, is done so accurately.
    TheoGriff, BetterNow, S1G7FD and 5 others like this.
  6. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Bloody idiot!
  7. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    I wish that I didn't believe any of you.
    knitone, BetterNow, s10327 and 4 others like this.
  8. friedgreentomatoes

    friedgreentomatoes Star commenter

    "There is no evidence of marking in the last two weeks". When I confronted this person (I am old, I no longer care) and pointed out all the marking up to and including the last piece of work, I was told "It's the wrong sort of marking".
  9. lucyrose50

    lucyrose50 Occasional commenter

    My former assistant head's children attended the same school, and every time a book went home it was subjected to an unofficial book scrutiny with regular verbal or emailed feedback from the AHT - none of which admitted that she'd seen her actual child's book! Things like "a parent has raised a concern about their child's book not being marked often enough", "a parent has mentioned that your Y8 class have a lot of sheets stuck in their book" (vocab sheets for MFL!) or one one occasion, my favourite "a parent has noticed that their child's book doesn't show any work for their 2 lessons last week". That one was easy to resolve - I emailed back to say that all of the pupils had completed work in their book during those two lessons, with the exception of [her son] because he hadn't brought his book to either of them. It was very satisfying.
  10. lucyrose50

    lucyrose50 Occasional commenter

    Scrutiniser: This child didn't finish all of the tasks on this worksheet.
    Me: She finished everything that wasn't marked "extension task", which was my expectation for the majority of the class.
    Scrutiniser: You should have given her time to complete the sheet in the next lesson.
    Me (in head): While other children who finished the extension do a second extension task? Will she then have to complete that in the lesson after? Is this a never ending cycle of extension tasks? Do we get to move on at some point?
    Me (out loud): OK, I'll bear that in mind for next time.

    I think the most ridiculous comment I got was when I was told that the work in a particular pupil's book was not challenging enough because pupils of this age should be doing harder work (this was in French, which the scrutiniser did not speak). This pupil was extremely low ability and had well known behaviour issues, but was still consistently working a full level above their end of year target level and it was only January. It seemed to me that they were being adequately challenged.
    TheoGriff, jusch, colacao17 and 6 others like this.
  11. SparkMaths

    SparkMaths Occasional commenter

    "I can only give you satisfactory for this work scrutiny as your marking is in green pen and pupil self assessment is in purple pen, the colours should be the other way around"
  12. missmunchie

    missmunchie Occasional commenter

    I teach ICT so do not use books. We print out work and attach a next steps marking form. Anyway, we were handed back a selection of our books to scrutinise at the beginning of term. I was given back a book for ICT in which a bright student had completed one page of work. I was furious as students had taken home all their work at the end of the year. I looked at the date of the work. It turns out the page was from a cover lesson as I was invigilating the IGCSE exam that day. The student had decided to use an entire book for one page of work. Ridiculous.
  13. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    I wrote a far, far less offensive email in response and yet still got told off for my negativity and unprofessional attitude!
    I've had that as well...from the same person as my post above! It was a maths book for goodness sake...how many types of marking are there?!
    Ahhhh clearly it's people like you who cause my current issues! :p
    Scenario in staff meeting
    All books are requested in a certain core subject.
    My response: I teach nursery and so do not use X books.
    Theirs: Can you print all the learning journey observations that show X and attach a next steps form for the children? Then they could use that to guide their learning in later lessons.

    No I blinkin couldn't!
    1. It would take hours and hours to find all the ones that have anything to do with X for each child.
    2. They are THREE YEARS OLD!
    TheoGriff, asnac, blazer and 7 others like this.
  14. DexterDexter

    DexterDexter Occasional commenter

    My feedback:
    The pen that you have used makes too many blobs. I am putting you on a support plan for handwriting. You need to teach it in a progression and model good handwriting.

    Me- in complete disbelief but went to play the game: Please may I have some new pens if you don’t like my writing with the ones you gave me?
    answer: no

    At my “support” plan meeting, HR and my union rep were surprised at all of this. The head said the order never arrived.

    Next day, a stash of gel pens just for me arrived.

    I complained to the governors, especially as the progression I was asked to teach didn’t even exist.

    I left pretty quickly after that.
  15. S1G7FD

    S1G7FD New commenter

    It’s really interesting reading all these and reflecting. It’s making me think about the roles in schools:
    SLT are not any more expert in education than teachers, and SLT are not expert in management.
    So, could there be a different way of doing things? 1. People trained in education management/admin run the schools?
    2. Research specialist teachers look after the teaching and learning?
    Not out to track anyone, just genuinely interested in thinking about this :)
    tenpast7 and DexterDexter like this.
  16. S1G7FD

    S1G7FD New commenter

    That is shocking!!
    TheoGriff likes this.
  17. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    ‘Pomza, you appear not to have marked any books all year...’
  18. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    I hadn't taught enough lessons.

    This was due to the book inspector being unable to do a simple calculation multiplying the number of weeks into the school year by the number of lessons I had that class per week.

    They were out by 10.
  19. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    Lesson observation with a DH - the feedback explicitly praised my marking. Less than a week later, the same set of books was collected in at afternoon registration and I was told by my HoD that they thought my marking was not up to standard. We looked at a few books together and he told me to forget it. Which I did, almost!
  20. s10327

    s10327 Occasional commenter

    Oh boy. I've never had to do modern marking - starting soon - should I run away now?

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