The Myth of Sisyphus: Assessment and Absurdity
Robin Macpherson (Assistant Rector, Dollar Academy)

Wednesday, 16 May @ 4PM | Scrymgeour Building 2.08
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All teachers can sympathise with poor Sisyphus. Their marking pile replenishes itself as surely as the boulder rolls back down the hill. Must it be so? This talk looks to find meaning in absurdity, so that assessment is used creatively to allow for more effective feedback. As a basis, Robin will use some of the ideas thrown up in interviews with Daisy Christodoulou and Dylan Wiliam that he conducted with Carl Hendrick for their book “What does it look like in the classroom? Bridging the gap between research and practice.”

About the speaker:
Robin Macpherson is an Assistant Rector at Dollar Academy in Scotland where he teaches History. He has worked in Scotland, England and the UAE, spent 7 years as a Head of History and has been an examiner for the SQA, Edexcel and the IBO. He was content director of the Telegraph Festival of Education and is currently organizing researchED Scotland. He co-authored “What does this look like in the classroom? Bridging the gap between research and practice” with Carl Hendrick and is working on a book entitled “The Research Informed Teacher” for Routledge. He has also published history textbooks for Cambridge University Press. He is a board member of the educational charity Remembering Srebrenica Scotland and chairs the Education Committee. His Twitter handle is @robin_macp (where all views are his own).