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How can I ensure effective learning at A-Level?

Discussion in 'English' started by troupe86, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. Hi,

    I got this question at a recent interview, and after feedback (I didn't get the job!) the general jist was that I wasn't thorough enough with the answer.

    What startegies do you use in the classroom to ensure that independent study, critical thinking and effective learning takes place in A-Level English Literature?
    If you can help me, thanks!

  2. here you are ... apologies but the paragraphs have disappeared ...

    Teaching and Learning ?
    What you can do to challenge your students:

    ? Highlight places on the SOW where challenge can take place.
    ? Use the principles of AfL in your lessons.
    ? Create a discussion forum where high achieving students can meet and talk to one another.
    ? Introduce enrichment opportunities to help to develop the breadth and depth of student thought/connections between subjects and units for 'higher skills'. For example, theatre visits, visits to places of interest (e.g. Thomas Hardy's house, Stratford upon Avon, London), creative writing classes, reading groups.
    ? Give students written tasks that build up 'profile' ? ability to write fluently and in extended prose with a confident 'voice' early on.
    ? Develop independence of voice and approach in the first term.
    ? Make them realise there is no 'right' or 'wrong' answer early on in the course and encourage argument and debate.
    ? Produce open-ended and discursive questions.
    ? Give constant essay practice ? with AO focus ? to widen skill ? compare and contrast focus for higher grades.
    ? Plan for students to have individual and small group sessions with the teacher.
    ? Introduce seminar groups for skills and subject focus.
    ? Encourage students to attend workshops with teachers they are not familiar with to develop their confidence when expressing their own ideas.
    ? Develop enthusiasm through exchange of ideas ? student led seminars, designated roles in group work.
    ? Encourage students to make links between all their A-level subjects. Bring other subjects into your lessons.
    ? Choose the syllabus that will appeal the most to your students
    ? Time the exams so they can re-sit if necessary
    ? Read the examiner's comments and mark schemes
    ? Read exemplar material.
    ? Do not be afraid to challenge or ask questions of the exam board
    ? Ask the exam board to come and talk to you
    More things you can do:
    ? Make sure you understand the assessment objectives
    ? Make sure your students know and understand what the assessment objectives mean
    ? Focus your teaching on the assessment objectives
    ? Make sure the task suits the assessment criteria
    ? Make sure you get the proportion of assessment criteria right
    ? Make sure the question allows students to cover the correct AOs
    ? Choose texts students will get the most from ? both from the choices set by the exam board and for coursework
    ? Choose topics and tasks students will enjoy
    ? Encourage students to do background reading in their own time
    ? If you make time for quiet reading in class, then you must read too
    ? Emulate / show them what critical material is and where they can find it
    ? Give them an argument/point of view and get them to find an opposing view
    ? Send them off to do research but give them an outcome
    ? Send them off to do research in lessons but be available to help/advise
    ? Give them a reading list
    ? Talk about what you are reading and ask them about what they are reading
    ? Encourage them to share books they have read with one another
    ? Use exemplar essays
    ? Use scaffolding and tables
    ? Focus on planning for a whole lesson
    ? Focus on timing
    ? Give students a structure that links proportionally to the assessment criteria
    ? Read the assessment criteria with them regularly
    ? Give structured feedback
    ? Get them to mark their own work
    ? Get them to mark the work of others in the class
    ? Get them to mark a grade C and a grade A essay. Discuss the differences
    ? Vary your teaching techniques
    ? Let them teach part of a lesson
    ? Let them teach a poem/extract from a text
  3. Thank you klaproos and sunshine1823! You are both godsends!

    Here is my email address, if needed: troupe86@gmail.com


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