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Inside Teaching : June 2010
www.atra.edu.au | email@example.com QUIZ 51 I had, I explained to the students when next we met, made a big mistake. If I was a student in the class, I said, I would be mightily angry. And I was sorry. My approach in the first classes for the semester was, to put it bluntly, dumb. We talked about the work already completed, identifiable gaps in assessments and ways we could address these together. By the end of that class, we'd agreed on a program by which we could revisit the content from first semester while we covered our second semester content. It would still take a lot of work, but there were ways we could do it efficiently, without starting over. It was one of the most transformative teaching moments I've ever experienced. I began teaching some of the most receptive, cooperative, friendly and successful students I'd ever taught -- I think they and I learned a lot from my mistake. I wish I could say that I always admitted my mistakes after that, but getting it wrong still makes me feel unprepared, unknowledgeable and stupid. I still get defensive and I still pretend I haven't made a mistake. The big question, though, is this: if we find it so hard to admit it when we're wrong, when we don't know the answer, when we don't understand, how hard must it be for our students? Steve Holden is Editor-in-Chief -- Magazines at ACER Press. ANSWERS: 1. 30 per cent; 2. the beef industry, which objected to the question comparing the relative methane emissions and fat content of cattle and kangaroos; 3. difficulties sourcing comparable information across government, independent and Catholic sectors; 4. Queensland senator Brett Mason, on behalf of the Coalition; 5. 10 per cent; 6. 76 per cent; 7. 40 per cent; 8. $6,000; 9. school performance in NAPLAN tests; 10. Commonwealth Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. 1 According to a survey of 1,000 parents by McCrindle Research, what percentage of parents supported the proposed teacher strike over the National Assessment Program -- Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)? 2 Which industry was concerned that a question on the NAPLAN test, titled 'From Moo to Roo,' could cause damage to the industry? 3 According to Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) chair Dr Peter Hill, what is delaying the addition of financial data to the My School website this year? 4 Who wrote a submission to ACARA, regarding the draft national curriculum, arguing that if 'there will be no nationwide Year 12 exam to measure student achievement...this defeats one of the most important reasons for having a national curriculum in the first place'? 5 According to the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), approximately what percentage of teachers believe that they would receive recognition for improving the quality of their work? 6 According to TALIS, what percentage of classroom time do teachers spend on actual teaching? 7 According to TALIS, what percentage of principals report that instruction in their schools is hindered by a lack of qualified teachers? 8 The Teachers Reward trial in selected Victorian schools will award top-performing teachers annual bonuses of how much? 9 The Schools Reward trial will award bonuses to schools based on what criterion? 10 Who recently told students at Trinity Gardens Primary School in Adelaide that the world was warmer 'at the time of Jesus of Nazareth' than it is today?