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Independent Learning



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  • 1. Independent learning •Research •Investigations •Homework •Group work •Revision
  • 2. Research • In books • From others (parents etc) • Surveys • Internet • From other sources – eg. jigsaw
  • 3. Investigations Planning This is the independent Carrying out learning we demand Drawing conclusions Making evaluations • Too often we give students the equipment and tell them exactly what to do • This could be due to time constraints • Or because students demand that we think for them • Students need the tools to think for themselves • Students will not improve unless this is done regularly and they are expected to do it from year 7
  • 4. Planning • There needs to be more time for this • Students should be allowed to learn from their mistakes when carrying out an investigation and to change their methods and ideas accordingly
  • 5. Why set homework? • To Revise • To Extend • To Apply and Assess • To Plan
  • 6. Homework must be… Purposeful Regularly set Demanding/differentiated Completed by student Marked (with feedback) To much hw is set as an afterthought or because we have to set it – so it is not useful and not demanding
  • 7. Group work • Jigsaw (research) • Allow more discussion of ideas • Thought showers and mind maps • Collaborative research and revision
  • 8. Revision • Need more guidance on what to do and how to do it – pointless saying “revise” to many students • Need more study skills
  • 9. To do now • Think of a year 7 topic you would normally teach didactically • If you do not teach year 7 then choose your youngest year group. • Develop a lesson where the topic can be delivered by investigation or research instead • Feedback to colleagues via blog
  • 10. Some other ideas to try out • Vary the purpose of your hw (REAP) • Vary how students carry out research – use more surveys • More guidance on internet research – weblinks etc – you will have to do more research! • Give students more time and choice with their investigations • Think carefully about how you get students to revise on their own – stop telling them just to revise! • Introduce further groupwork/discussion for revision and research • Teach basic revision techniques and study skills • Devise a revision timetable with students • Get students to complete a self evaluation and analysis of what they need to learn as individuals