In the last year I’ve read a lot of very interesting stuff on mastery, deliberate practice, feedback, AfL, cognitive load, working and long-term memory, and direct instruction.
At the same time my school were going mad for progress in purple pen. I’d always met this need by getting pupils to write up an experiment or demo using one of a range of success criteria, peer marking and then improving in purple pen – I don’t want to go into it here, suffice to say SLT, HOD and I all thought it was marvellous but I now think it was shite.
In science pupils need to be able to answer lots of short questions with the single correct answer. “What is the force on this object?” ”Why does the colour of the liquid change?” Pupils need to answer lots of these questions to practice and to show up areas where the…
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