|(c) Peter Wharmby 2012-2013|
A copy for each classroom may be a good idea, but there'll be a trial first. A poster, score sheet and habitat space on a classroom display will be the starting point, and then I will give each student a scoresheet when they are working on something where punctuation is particularly assessed. I can then monitor improvements made and decide if this is any good! The scoresheet is a simple affair - names and pictures of the 'Pets' (with Latin names for extra geek-mayhem) and a points value. The trickier a mark is to use correctly, the higher the mark. I am also hoping to get a guide written by KS3 students, including 'natural habitats', where usage rules can be spelled out clearly. There is a lot of mileage here for creative writing and storyboards too - in fact, I feel this has the potential to expand considerably.
Like any classroom initiative, it will live or die by my own enthusiasm and consistency. As such, I will have to get it embedded in my classroom routine, rather like bounce questioning is now. Shouldn't be too tricky, especially if they prove a success. I'll let you know.