Sarah (our Head of Biology) has a strong background in Psychology, as well as in Science teaching, which means that she has integrated principles from CogSci into her practice for a while now. I’m sharing some of her ideas here.
Why did you answer the question that way?
On reflection, was it the best way? Why?
What would you do differently next time?
What do you need to know next time? (Subject Knowledge focus)
A page of links about Cognitive Science approaches in teaching, in preparation for our Cognition in Science Forum in July. We will use selected links from here to form our pre-reading and questions. What have we missed? Please tell us here
This post outlines a few ways that I use student voice to help me support my students, to inform my planning, and to help shape the curriculum.
Ok, so I’m biased, but like the rest of us I also want things that will make by job easier and better. Here are the three Google Doc things I use the most.
When I started my PGCE in 2006, mini whiteboards seemed to be everywhere (although I got the feeling it was only recently that they had become so ubiquitous), and I was encouraged to use them regularly.
But I never really warmed to them, if I’m honest. I found them a bit of a faff, and I tended to assess learning in other ways.
Having said that, I do use mini whiteboards, and I do still use them regularly (if not frequently).
Despite the “faff factor”, I do think mini whiteboards have a number of positive points:
I have been using metacognition in my lessons to get students to reflect on their understanding in terms of exam technique and knowledge, so I thought it would be interesting to turn my ideas into something that could work for the masses (ie. not just History students) and specifically in terms of revision. All the students in the group were “High Prior Achievers”, so I felt I could use some more complex techniques with them, and encourage them to move away from “fail safe” methods, such as highlighting, reading over previous work, and producing flashcards, which students often rely upon in times of exam pressure.