Pedagogy Postcard #17: Exemplar Essays

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A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed.

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As a physics teacher I don’t have to deal with essays directly except for A level research coursework.  But I’ve been closely involved with the History department (as line manager), Economics (through a lesson study process) and English (as a result of an extended battle with AQA over marking and post -results appeals – which I blogged about here. ) Essays as products and expressions of learning are the polar opposite to the pieces of visual art or design technology.  In those areas, it’s immediately obvious what has been produced and students and teachers can gain a great deal from discussing specific pieces of work – the skills, the thought processes, the standards, the…

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