Multiple Choice - Multiple Revision Paths

Published on 10 December 2014

This post focuses on some of the work of Lorraine Jordan, our Curriculum Leader for Humanities and teacher of Geography, with her Year 11 GCSE group. 

Way back last year, in preparation for the implementation of our mastery curriculum, we shared a number of posts about the use of multiple choice questions from Daisy Christodolou and Joe Kirby with our staff. What's been exciting this year is to see our own team of teachers take the principles we presented to them and develop them, weaving them into their practice in ways which help our students to improve on their previous personal best.

Lorraine has done just this, using the methodology which she describes below:

At the start of this academic year, I purchased the CGP GCSE revision guides for all of our Year 11 geography students.

In order to encourage students to make use of these guides, I set them multiple choice comprehension questions for one unit of the GCSE course that I taught in Year 10 as homework. Each week, these related to a different section of the unit. I wrote to all of the students' parents to tell them that this weekly homework would be coming home and sent them the first set of questions as an example of what they should expect weekly.

At the start of every lesson on a Tuesday, I gave the students a set of 10 multiple questions, to test their recall of the homework. The students were told that they had to attain 80% in these test to be considered as confident in that particular area of the unit.If students, did not attain 80%, they were expected to stay behind after-school on a Wednesday to address any misconceptions or gaps in their learning based on the test. Parents were notified of this and it allowed me to focus on small groups, on specific areas of the unit.

Once the students had completed 8 tests of the unit, I wrote home again to the parents to show them the percentage which students had achieved in each test. These were highlighted red, amber or green for each of the tests to show parents where their child needed to focus their revision at home. 

The areas of the table marked green were where a good understanding of the topic area had been shown, orange showed that there were some gaps in understanding and red showed that there were some concerns about the understanding of this content.  I also shared this with students in class and asked them to retrieve the letter from their parents as a printed copy of the areas they needed to concentrate on in preparation for their term two mock.This has given the students a much clearer set of areas to focus on in their revision, rather than blanket revising everything.

To provide further support, I have sent home a booklet of all of the past papers with mark schemes for the unit they have now learned about and revised.

This week is the second of our mock exam weeks so we are all expectantly waiting to see the impact of Lorraine and the students' work.

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