Gut versus evidence : How do teachers decide on an improvement | Richard Wells | 3 Min Read

I recently worked with a school that had asked me to help out with professional development. Before I arrived at the school, I asked my contact to provide me with a list of various improvements to courses and teaching that staff reported making over the last few years. I also requested a graph showing the percentage of each assessment mark achieved by Grade 10 students for the last 5 years. My contact wasn’t aware of such a graph being on file or part of any existing report, so this had to be generated especially. In New Zealand, overall results are made public anyway, so this wouldn’t be seen as an issue. 


The staff reported improvements to their Grade 10 programs in several ways, such as:

  • Redesigning the course
  • Redesigning the resources
  • Simplifying the Assessment
  • Doing multiple things to better accommodate boys
  • Introducing an interactive learning platform as an additional support
  • Removing said interactive learning platform
  • New textbooks
  • Doing mini-tests more frequently
  • Redesigning the grading rubric to make it more readable
  • Making the resource more student-friendly

Register Now
You may use your member school or partner discount code !!!

Richard Wells

Richard Wells is a world-recognized educator, author and blogger on future education trends. He has presented around the world and has been rated in the top 50 world influencers for educational technology use. He currently works in school leadership and is passionate about moving schools forward to better represent the needs of the 21st century. Richard is an EdTech influencer who founded EduWells, a top 10 education blog. He is the author of A Learner's Paradise, a book in which he explains how education can operate without classrooms, lessons, subjects, and tests. Richard proudly started his career with a degree in Fine Art from Manchester in England. He worked in IT before contracting to work in schools, digitalizing their workflows in the late 1990s. He became an educator in 2003.