Preparing Students for their EA's
by Andy Culley on Jan 10, 2023
It is assessment season -- how are you preparing your students for their External Assessments?
Here are a few ways you can boost your students' confidence so they can feel good going into the testing season.
1. Group Reviews
Have your students get into small groups of 4-5 students in each group. Give them a topic or unit to focus on for the lesson. Then have them brainstorm all the important details, knowledge, and understanding they have learned about this topic on a piece of paper. Even better: give different groups different topics and have them write their details on a big poster Post-It to adhere to your classroom wall.
3. Challenge Cards
Have students get into pairs of 2 and write the titles of the works you studied in class on note cards (one work per note card). Then call out different ways to "categorize" the works and have the students compete against the other pairs in class on 1) getting the right answer, and 2) categorizing things the quickest.
Some examples of categories I have used:
- Put works in chronological order based on publication
- Put works in chronological order based on setting
- Put in order based on protagonist from youngest to oldest
- Put in order from "I wish I had this protagonist's problem" to "I definitely do not want this protagonist's problem"
The answer matters less than the discussion your students have with each other on WHY they are placing works in a particular order.