Top critical review
6 people found this helpful
on 10 October 2010
I came into this book from its title alone, and especially the "Putting it into Practice" bit. And this is where I fell out with it. Maybe I want too much from titles, but a lengthly exploration on how others put AfL into practice is not what I'm interested in. I don't want to wade through 20 pages of anecdotes and relfection, but to drill straight into the "try this, this or this" - hopefully, with each being new ideas and approaches for me.
Working within an LEA that has adopted the messages of "Black Box" back when it first came out - I can attest that putting AfL at the heart of education makes a difference. We have dramatically improved results and the school culture using these ideas. But the question is "Is this book worth your sehelf space??"
As an NQT or ITT student, borrow a copy. As a PGCE tutor buy a copy to drill your studnets, as a practising teacher -- go and observe someone who is embedding AfL.