Bitesize CPD #1 Diamond 9 ranking activity

A Diamond 9 card sort is a useful way to generate discussion in the classroom.  So that you can try the activity out, we’ve provided an example where each card represents an identifier for ‘when assessment for learning is working’. This sorting exercise asks you to place the card with the greatest impact on learning at the top, down to those with the least at the bottom, to form a diamond shape of nine cards.  You won’t have enough spaces for all the cards, so you’ll have to choose which ones to leave out.  

image of a diamond 9 card sort

TASK: Try out the Diamond 9 activity and reflect on your practice

15 minutes CPD – discuss with colleagues and post in the community group 

  1. Take a look at this example Diamond 9 Card Sort.  Read all the cards and think about which ones you most agree with and why?

  2. Post in the comment below, which statement would YOU put at the top, and why?

  3. Look at the answers of others and respond to ONE post with where you would place that statement in your diamond 9 and why for you, it’s more or less significant.

After completing these steps, you’ll have a better idea of the choices you make about assessment for learning in your teaching. You’ll also be familiar with how diamond 9 works to stimulate discussion, giving you rich data to inform where you go next with your class.

Additional resource

Download this card sort resource and complete this card sort with colleagues.

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