Better teaching: JC reform

Gearing Up for the Exam?: The Experience of Junior Certificate Students Explores the experiences of third year students, who are facing their first state examination, the Junior Certificate exam. From the ESRI
     
A TY coordinator gives his positive take on it From Colaiste Chiaran. YouTube.
"Put your pens down children. The exam system has changed again". Cartoon
Jihad against Junior Cert is bizarre Damien Kiberd in thejounal.ie. Comments make interesting reading.
One of the strength's of education in Finland is that they allow teachers to develop their own programs.

So now we have a similar challenge? From theatlantic.com

GCSE overhaul in England Seems like England is heading back towards the one-off exam system and scrapping coursework.
Scotland 'moving away' from formal exams Pupils will now be given what is being described as a "broad general education", with no exams, in their first three years of secondary school.
“The Silent Killer of Learning" Mazur Criticizes Traditional Forms of Assessments
Teacher waxes lyrical about the benefits of continuous assessment From readingallthebooks.com
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Short film on the Framework for Junior Cycle From juniorcycle.ie
Junior Cert changes run risk of widening inequalities in our system TUI's Junior Cert concerns - opinion editorial in Irish Independent by Gerard Craughwell
     
If we are to assess our own students, shouldn't our assesssments also be checked? Blogpost from former physics teacher Dr Dav
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Training Teachers to Teach Critical Thinking Blogpost from edutopia.org