Assessment for learning has been a major development in schools over recent years, with teachers being quick to embrace the findings of a number of leading educationalists such as Paul Black and Dylan Wiliam.
Traffic lighting of understanding and learning is a popular technique which can be used by both pupils and teachers to provide quick visual and impressionistic feedback, whether during lessons or in the marking of pieces of work. Each of the traditional colours for a traffic light is used to indicate the level of understanding, for example, Red means 'I am stuck'; Amber means 'I'm not sure' and Green means 'I fully understand'.
However, teachers can easily fall into the trap of using traffic lighting in a superficial way, which can lead to pupils not taking the approach seriously. Here are ten tips to ensure that you're using traffic light cups as a powerful assessment tool and that it is providing an empowering experience for the whole class.