Friday, 18 May 2012

Mod blog

 Modblog: Aims

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.

This week's writing is Modblog 5 and can be accessed on the right hand side of this page.


  1. This is a really great idea! I hope people get involved!

  2. We've all been at that painful moderation meeting looking at the writing and waiting to see who speaks first. Somebody breaks the silence.
    This allows the floodgates to open. Eyes can roll, heads can shake. Perhaps a chuckle or two.
    " 3? Seriously?" etc etc etc
    Good luck with the site, if it develops it could be a valuable tool to teach teachers