Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsCAROLINE: I'm going to ask you to form a new government that is really prioritising the health of the British public. And what your job is is to try to pick some of those factors and the things that cause other things which cause other things which link in with other bits and to come up with a kind of set of rules or a manifesto of what you would do if you were in power in order to improve the health of the British public. Now that is a bit of a mammoth task. Because you've just seen how crazy and how complicated all those links are.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 secondsSo one of the things I'm going to ask you to do to start with is, it's basically a card sort. We call it a Diamond nine. So I'm going to pass some cards around. There are nine cards. At the very top of your diamond, you need the card, or the opinion, that you agree with the most. And then, right at the bottom, the one that you agree with the least. Now there's no right answers. It's totally your opinion and what you think. Have a good read of all the cards. And then you're going to have maybe five minutes, four minutes to put them in order dependent on which you agree with the most. [INTERPOSING VOICES]

Skip to 1 minute and 42 secondsSTUDENT: What do you think about the [INAUDIBLE] one [INAUDIBLE]?

Skip to 1 minute and 49 seconds[INAUDIBLE], yes. We can pretty much say the same now. [INAUDIBLE]

Skip to 1 minute and 56 secondsCAROLINE: So you think if it affects everybody, so even something, like, I don't know, eczema. Everyone gets eczema, so that should be our focus for the NHS?

Skip to 2 minutes and 6 secondsSTUDENT: Um. Yes.

Skip to 2 minutes and 10 secondsCAROLINE: Are you confident of that answer?

Skip to 2 minutes and 15 secondsSTUDENT: Actually, it might, I might change that around.

Skip to 2 minutes and 18 secondsCAROLINE: Aw. so I've come over here to be devil's advocate. I've changed your idea. So what do you think now?

Skip to 2 minutes and 22 secondsSTUDENT: Maybe that one.

Skip to 2 minutes and 23 secondsCAROLINE: Diseases that cost the NHS the most, OK.

Skip to 2 minutes and 26 secondsSTUDENT: Because then you're saving money. And if it costs the most, it's probably a more deadlier disease.

Skip to 2 minutes and 37 secondsCAROLINE: OK. So even if it's a disease that we might have to spend lots and lots of money on, like cancer, we haven't got a cure for cancer, so we're going to focus on that because it costs the NHS the most?

Skip to 2 minutes and 51 secondsSTUDENT: Yes, because in the long run, it'll save us lots of money.

Skip to 2 minutes and 55 secondsCAROLINE: OK. OK? Well.

Skip to 3 minutes and 4 secondsTEACHER: So you're going to have a line like this of your cards. I think that there is six of them altogether, or eight. I can't remember. So you just need to put them in order. Start with the thing that you think is the most important thing that would help you survive, finishing with the least important thing. [INTERPOSING VOICES]

Skip to 3 minutes and 26 secondsSTUDENT: It's what you need more.

Skip to 3 minutes and 30 secondsSTUDENT: [INAUDIBLE].

Skip to 3 minutes and 31 secondsTEACHER: So let's have a look, there. Which one do you think is the most important out of all of them?

Skip to 3 minutes and 36 secondsSTUDENT: Should we have started the most important things [INAUDIBLE]

Skip to 3 minutes and 40 secondsTEACHER: OK. So tell me why did you put air over here?

Skip to 3 minutes and 44 secondsSTUDENT: Because you need that to stay alive. Because is what you believe through. So if you can't breathe, you can't do anything.

Skip to 3 minutes and 53 secondsTEACHER: And why do you put these ones next?

Skip to 3 minutes and 55 secondsSTUDENT: Because food and drink, say drink water, and it keeps you full and it's just, like. --because it's important to have exercise.

Skip to 4 minutes and 9 secondsTEACHER: So why is this one all the way down here, then? I think this one's really important.

Skip to 4 minutes and 15 secondsSTUDENT: It's not important, because it doesn't-- it just keeps you [INAUDIBLE].

Skip to 4 minutes and 18 secondsTEACHER: But what if you get bored?

Skip to 4 minutes and 22 secondsSTUDENT: I've got--

Skip to 4 minutes and 22 secondsTEACHER: What if you get bored?

Skip to 4 minutes and 24 secondsSTUDENT: It doesn't keep you alive, [INAUDIBLE]..

Skip to 4 minutes and 26 secondsTEACHER: OK. I know what you mean. So it's important to keep you entertained, if you get bored. But it's not going to keep you alive, is it? Not like food and water.

Skip to 4 minutes and 40 secondsDREW: What have we done, what have I said up in this wall here? Can anybody tell me why you think I've chucked a zero and one up here?

Skip to 4 minutes and 47 secondsSTUDENT: Because you doing a probability line.

Skip to 4 minutes and 50 secondsDREW: Probability lIne, brilliant-- and what we're going to do in our groups, OK, we are going to discuss where we are going to put certain events on the probability scale. So that was our important information. And the first thing I want you to do, discuss in groups, I'm not going to give you long, maybe only 30 seconds maximum. Hopefully, you've taken down the important information. From that story, what is the probability of removing a blue ball? I'm counting down. Discuss in your groups. I don't want to hear just yet. [INTERPOSING VOICES]

Skip to 5 minutes and 29 secondsSTUDENT: There were two reds.

Skip to 5 minutes and 32 secondsSTUDENT: [INAUDIBLE] [PEN CLICKS]

Skip to 5 minutes and 34 secondsSTUDENT: So what's wrong with number two?

Skip to 5 minutes and 36 secondsSTUDENT: Um. One, eight--

Skip to 5 minutes and 39 secondsDREW: What's the probability of removing a yellow ball? 20 seconds, pick your representative, go and stand on there.

Skip to 5 minutes and 50 secondsSTUDENT: If you don't believe it, [INAUDIBLE]..

Skip to 5 minutes and 58 secondsDREW: Why? George, why has everybody gone there, correctly?

Skip to 6 minutes and 5 secondsSTUDENT: Because they weren't any yellow balloons.

Skip to 6 minutes and 7 secondsDREW: So there was no yellow ball. What word would we use, Stan, in probability speak to say that the probability would be zero?

Skip to 6 minutes and 17 secondsSTUDENT: Would it be, like, zero over eight?

Skip to 6 minutes and 19 secondsDREW: So zero over eight, which is just zero. But I'm thinking words. What words could I attach to that? What's happened there? Matt?

Skip to 6 minutes and 29 secondsSTUDENT: Never.

Skip to 6 minutes and 30 secondsDREW: Never.

Skip to 6 minutes and 31 secondsSTUDENT: Impossible.

Skip to 6 minutes and 32 secondsDREW: Impossible-- I was going to go for impossible. Yes? OK. And if that's impossible, this is certain.

Classroom examples: ranking

In this second selection of activities for gathering evidence of student learning you’ll see examples using ranking approaches.

Our examples come from both primary (aged 5-11 years) and secondary (aged 11-16 years), but the approaches can be applied in any context. As you watch the examples, think about the usefulness of the evidence you could gather for your own teaching.

Diamond 9

0m10s - Science, Year 10 (age 14-15) - Students work in pairs to rank a set of 9 statements. They start by placing the statement which they think is the most important, or they agree with the most, at the top. Then the next two most important statements underneath, and so on to create a diamond shape. The order must be mutually agreed, allowing students to argue their case, or challenge each other’s point of view. During the activity, you can listen to the discussion and probe children’s understanding.

Continuum lines

3m00s - Ranking continuum. Science, Year 2 (age 6-7).
4m35s - Continuum line (probability). Maths, Year 7 (age 11-12).
Place two statements at either side of the classroom so that there is an imaginary line between them. Students choose where they will stand on the continuum line to indicate their response to a question or which of the two statements they most agree with. If students are working in groups, you can ask each group to send a representative to indicate their agreed answer.

Discuss

From the suggestions listed below identify which for you is the most important reason to use ranking activities, (you can add an idea of your own if you prefer).

A. To collect evidence so you can regroup pupils into groups where they have similar ideas.
B. To collect evidence so you can regroup pupils into groups with differing ideas.
C. To collect evidence of pupil’s ideas, including alternative thinking.
D. To collect evidence of pupils’ understanding or misunderstandings.
E. To collect evidence to influence the next steps in your teaching.
F. To collect evidence to identify different activities for pupils to move onto next.
G. To collect evidence for you to consider at a later time.
H. To collect evidence to reinforce your judgements about pupils abilities.
I. To get pupils active and thinking during the lesson.
J. To help the lesson activities transition from one concept to the next.
K. To help the pupils make links to previous or future learning.

In the comments below, say which reason you chose and describe why you ranked this as your number one reason. You could think about how would you plan for using a ranking activity for this purpose with your pupils? Draw upon each other for input and suggestions on these examples or some from your own teaching.

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