Some teachers can see it straight away, some dither and sometimes some are wrong.
Quickly finding a fair and accurate level for children's writing is something that can be improved and developed with practice.
This blog is the start of an attempt to develop a simple online writing moderation practice resource for UK primary school teachers. Each week one short example of writing will be presented,alongside details of the prompt and purpose. Readers of the blog will be able to comment on the writing and suggest a best-fit level and give justitfications.
I realise this is an artificial and out of context activity and that a broad range of examples of writing should be used to build a full and accurate picture. However, I am hoping to build my own skills through this blog and would value and appreciate the input of people who have 5 or 10 minutes to spare to add to the discussion and shared online moderation process.
The main purpose of the blog is to give teachers as safe, simple and constructive opportunity to build their skills in accurately levelling children's writing. If you would like to send any examples of writing to be posted on this site please let me know via the comments facility.