Over the course of Term 1 in my Professional Learning Team (PLT) at school, we have been analysing the writing skills of (all) the students in Year 7-10. This has been an intensive task, where we have had to analyse up to a hundred pieces of writing each, identify key components in the writing, plot these key components on a literacy continuum, and then identify the overall cluster that the student would belong in.

As part of the PLT (Professional Learning Teams) at Parramatta Marist we are exploring identifying where students sit on the NSW DEC Literacy Continuum.

My favourite proof of Pythagoras' Theorem is this one, for the simple fact that the maths required to understand it is as basic as possible, and the constructions requires only two cuts. With this worksheet students can see that, no matter the dimensions, the theorem stays true.

Reflection for students in assessment tasks is vital - too often they are only focused on their mark and not what they have learnt. There are many strategies out there, but this is the one that I have developed: TRUCKS