Having given it a lot of thought I have come up with my own taxonomy:
In order of level of thinking required pupils should attempt the following:
- Be quiet
- Sit down
- If necessary ask some intelligent questions
- Do a reasonable amount of work correctly
Currently many pupils often fall down at the first hurdle. While this does not prevent them from achieving the second step it is a significant barrier to success at the third, fourth, fifth and sixth steps.
Some pupils have fallen down at steps 1 and 3 find the “intelligent” part of step 4 difficult to achieve. They then go on to fail at steps 5 and 6.
Some pupils also fail to understand the importance of the words “reasonable amount” and “correctly” in step 6. These pupils unfortunately have a defensive reaction to correction and tend to respond to criticism with a failed attempt at step 4.
I think this is a winner. I should write a book…