Tag: revision

Secondary Science 2- Making it easier to do the interesting stuff…

8 October 2018

The introduction to Recommendation 4 begins “You cannot do science without knowledge. Pupils have to learn new concepts and vocabulary and apply this learning in new contexts. So being able to remember information is important for success in school science.”

So in the same way that learning the words to a choral work off-by-heart didn’t prevent me from singing it musically, taking memory and cognitive load into account when teaching Science doesn’t mean producing robotic students, who can recite lots of “facts” at me without truly understanding them […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 8 October 2018
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What learning French has taught me about teaching

4 March 2018

Almost 13 years later, and in the euphoria that the Christmas Holidays and sense of fresh start that New Year brings, I decided to retackle some French. My partner is very good at French, and so when we’ve visited the country I have been heavily reliant upon his ability to speak it almost fluently, with my occasional delight at recognising ‘Sortie’ on a sign and proudly proclaiming ‘that means exit.’ Having realised that our holidays will involve a lot of seeing France in 2018, being the proud woman I am, I decided that I didn’t want to just rely upon my other half’s knowledge of French whilst there, and that I wanted to be able to do some of it myself. Having a C grade, how hard can it be? I naïvely thought. […]

Author: Vicki Barnett (Research Lead at Notre Dame High School)
Posted on: 4 March 2018
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FREE evidence-based revision resource (a highly technical piece of blue card…)

10 February 2018

…even if you space, interleave, retrieve and elaborate throughout a curriculum sequence, you still need to consolidate learning as exams draw nearer, and make sure that knowledge is accessible and applicable.
And if you haven’t done all this spacing and retrieving and interleaving throughout the course (because, let’s face it, most of us haven’t!… either because we felt we didn’t have time or because we didn’t know how to… or because we just didn’t know about this stuff) then effective revision is even more important. […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 10 February 2018
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Metacognition – what, why (…and how)

16 December 2017

it’s the kind of thing that we probably do (and have done) for a long time, which is why we’ve all been successful in things like exams. When we study, we think about why we did what we did; we consider what went wrong when we’re not pleased with an outcome; we reflect on experiences, and decide which strategies were helpful (and which were unhelpful). We decide for ourselves what we’ll do again next time, what we’ll do better next time, and what we’ll abandon. […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 16 December 2017
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