Every Wednesday morning at 7.55am we meet as a teaching cohort to discuss and share strategies. This follows our Butterfly programme from previous years, and is an opportunity for colleagues and faculties to showcase what works for them. These then become further choices and opportunities to stretch and challenge our students.
Showing how to… is vital. The platitudes of ‘you need to get on’ are just not enough; strategies have to be modelled to students to equip them for study and success. Why should they know before we show them? We certainly didn’t.
Following up the Year 11 Study Skills day in January, all teachers have been trained this week in a system to further strengthen the 12 revision techniques that all GCSE students now know .
Any revision resources are strengthened by using the following:
The theory behind this is that the very act of thinking about which colour pen to use or stopping to underline a word helps the brain make links which improves our memory; it also means that looking at the resource later, whilst revising, is so much more stimulating.
Consider mind-maps. Creating them on computer doesn’t have nearly as many benefits and looking back at a personalised one has far more meaning than a computer-generated one.
So Year 11 and 13 as you move in to this final intense period of revision and Year 11s start their Saturday revision – a few packs of post-its, some highlighter pens and a ruler can take you a long way!
Teachers during their 1 minute trying to remember a set of 25 words with using the PUCCU system.
As a staffing body, we gave now been putting this into action with our own teaching…
Music students trialled a Will Smith-style rap
Mel has gone from a post-it to a sing-it!
“Now here’s the development all about how
Beethoven turned tonality all the way round
The expo’s in C and now it’s in E
Then straight after he turns it in to a G
He’s like a rollercoaster going round an’ round
Uses legato to make real smooth sounds
Now it’s staccato and mums, it’s not relaxed
It makes it bare lively, short and detached
All dynamic contrast, it’s so extreme,
Including f, double f, triple f, FP!
Crescendo’s, diminues, everythings used
You’ll have to be a virtoH or be confused!”
Our Saturday sessions started this weekend, and were fantastically attended. Well done to all involved!