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Discussion point: do you always get students to write down key words?

Discussion in 'Business studies' started by choccymonster, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. My kids have a key terms dictionary in Excel. Part of the plenary every lesson is to add new terms, definition, examples where appropriate and RAG rate their understanding of each word. I've done this or 9 years and seems to work well, never had any complaints from kids and has been commented upon favourably in lesson obs.
  2. I agree with you.[​IMG]
  3. revisionstation

    revisionstation New commenter

    Years ago I had an non-ICT room so I swiped some small vocab books from the school cupboard. I gave these out and kids wrote keywords "specialisation" and "interdependence" in the books. They did moan and grumble a bit - I did small tests on the books - and noted (smugly) that these terms came up in the exam. Had we not done that exercise they would not have been able to answer those questions - as to never occurs to kids to revise vocab.
    Sure they all learn the 4Ps but sometimes this is not what comes up on the exam papers. As an examiner I see that if kids don't understand a word in a question they just skip the question altogether. Also misunderstandings are common on some GCSE Business papers due to lack of knowledge of basic business vocab.
    Now I have an ICT room and the kids keep their vocab wither on a Word doc (in a table) or on Excel - I let them choose. At the end of each term there is a quiz...and close to exam time they print out their vocab sheets and revise.
    I find this is an easy technique to secure good marks even in mixed ability group, if they know what a keyword means they will at least attempt the question and this could mean a grade boundary for some of the weaker students.
    To introduce it - fish out some past papers and flag up some of the questions with harder terminiology such as TQM or CAD CAM and demonstrate how knowing the keywords will help them. You could also do a role play of a board meeting where they have to read technical documents and the manager plays someone who doesn't have a clue...how does the manager appear to his workers?
    Hope this has been helpful...
    Sarah Hilton
    @revisionstation / #ecbusteach / www.revisionstation.co.uk

  4. cb700

    cb700 New commenter

    I know its a no no but do you ever get students to copy key words descriptions off the board?

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