The school year is over (I am told) and my Thursday nights are my own again!  Now I just have to start planning schemes of work for next year.

Before looking forward I thought I’d look back on the last two schemes of work I designed for ACE (Ancient Inventions and Around The World In Eight Puzzles).  My hope was that a pre and post topic survey would show just how much knowledge we had imparted to the students.  No such luck, the results of the survey said students know more about:

  • Poetry (this lesson didn’t happen)
  • Measurements (I taught this lesson)
  • Angles (I taught this one too)
  • Forces (a physics teacher taught this one)
  • Materials (this lesson didn’t happen either)

I could have either cried myself to sleep at night because all my planning was for nothing or just discount all of the results because kids aged 7-10 are terrible at self assessments.  I did the former for a while and then the latter.

Ancient Inventions was definitely successful in the sense that the students really enjoyed it and produced some fantastic inventions.  However as ACE is a charity we have to be able to show existing and future funders that our work is vital and provides great benefits to the community.  I’m all out of ideas that don’t involve obvious testing so feel free to hit me with some suggestions.

In my personal and professional life I also struggle to measure my successes, mainly because most of them haven’t happened yet.  I am forever trying to develop a socially acceptable way of telling people that I would be awesome at almost everything I want to try.  People and companies are too afraid of taking risks these days.  Obviously I’m not a risk, I’m a certainty of success, but the unknown is a risk.

Until next time, let me know how to assess kids’ progress in a fun way and if you want me to be awesome at something you need doing, head hunt me?