Many teachers believe show-me boards are a useful tool in the classroom. Wiliam (2015) states that show-me boards are ‘the most important development in educational technology since the slate’. Generally, pupils seem to enjoy working with them, creating high levels of engagement. They also give instant whole class feedback to the teacher. The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) expects that registered teachers ‘plan coherent, progressive and stimulating teaching programmes which match learners’ needs and abilities (3.1.1) and ‘use assessment, recording and reporting as an integral part of the teaching process to support and enhance learning’ (3.3.1). The Assessment is for Learning (AifL) Scottish policy is also now embedded in the Curriculum for Excellence (2011).
The aim is to find out what happens when we use show-me boards in the classroom.