This is a better version (I think) of this post from last year. I use a Socrative quiz as a questionnaire with each class at the start of the new academic year to find out a bit more about each… Continue Reading
For a long time, I thought that the self-assessment activity that I had my students do after each topic test, where they mark their own work, was as effective as it could be. What could be more useful? Turns out,… Continue Reading
A list of resources about learning to learn
This afternoon I spent too much time on social media, stuck in horrified fascination as the events unfolded at Westminster. I say I spent too much time, I mean I read and watched and listened until I felt shocked, hopeless… Continue Reading
A few weeks ago I asked my A level students to complete a retrieval activity on the topic we had just finished, writing down everything they knew without any external cues, before comparing what they had written with their notes… Continue Reading
Five Effective Study Habits handout, to encourage spaced, interleaved and varied recall as well as reflection. Used alongside the Topic Reflection Template.
This quote got me thinking about the ways I can build my students’ awareness of their unknown unknowns in each topic. A couple of weeks ago I taught one of my classes about the value of retrieval practice, and as part of the lesson I… Continue Reading
There’s currently a lot of talk about the value of interleaving and spacing retrieval practice for learning, which the fabulous Learning Scientists have included in their Six Strategies for Effective Learning. I’ve been exploring the use of these strategies in the classroom and one… Continue Reading
Download the Data Storage Units poster.
Today I introduced my A level class to the concept of retrieval practice, based on the fabulous resources by the Learning Scientists – @AceThatTest. I timed it to take place at the end of the first theory topic of the… Continue Reading