By Debbie Penney (Science)
How effective I thought this was:
What I did:
I have been giving my low ability year 8 boys a test each lesson, which was built up over the topic one question at a time. This was then written onto the tables at the begnning of each lesson. They are a small class and so I was able to check their answers and reward them with gold erefs for correct answers. This was repeated for the duration of the topic. They then completed an end of topic test.
The results showed a huge improvement. Some of the steps achieved in the end of topic test increased from 11 to 15. They really enjoyed the competitive nature of the task and it also helped their behaviour, as they came in and settled quickly for the Starter task.
What you should consider if you want to do this:
What questions will you ask?
Will you build up the questions gradually throughout the topic or see the marks improve as you teach different parts of the topic?
How are you going to mark their answers after the memory test at the beginning of the lesson?
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