A Sharing best practice post by Daniel James (Computing and Business Studies)
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The development of a structured approach to learning in GCSE Computing lessons came out of a detailed evaluation of students’ books, notes and revision techniques from the previous academic year. It was clear that there was, in some cases, a huge difference between the quality of lesson notes and the pupils’ ability to find these notes and use them effectively for revision purposes.
It was from this starting point that we decided to create lesson booklets for all modules in the GCSE Computing course. This provides a structure for students when making notes, removing the anxiety that some felt when they did not know what note to make in a lesson from all that they were being taught.
Figure 1 and 2: Pages from the pupils’ workbooks
The lesson booklets also enabled students to find the notes they needed when revising more quickly and thus focus on undertaking the revision rather than trying to work out which of their notes they needed to revise from.
Along with the lesson booklets we have created end of module revision booklets that have a one page module summary sheet and then exam questions taken from previous exams (or the sample material for new GCSEs). These support the revision process and ensure students get to the point of applying their learning to exam questions more efficiently, which is after all the ultimate goal in exam preparation!
Figures 3 and 4: Examples of revision notes and exam practice from the End of module revision booklets
This term we are introducing an online interactive PLC (Personalised Learning Checklist) that we have created to allow all students to RAG (Red/Amber/Green) rate their learning across the course. This allows us as teachers not just to see how all the students in a class are doing but to tailor our revision lessons and final preparation to these needs in the run up to an exam.
Figure 5: Section of the online interactive PLC (Personalised Learning Checklist)
Figure 6: example of the analysis section of the online PLC
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