When I began teaching in 1974 I began my teacher-led research into exams that resulted in identifying the key factors for exam success in the eighties. Through most of the nineties I attempted to share my discoveries with as many people (students, parents staff) as possible, and by the end of the century I had created a very popular (50+) presentation, to do this called “SUPERlearning For Exam Success”, a video of which can be viewed with lots of resources at:
Although I had discovered how students could achieve exam success, I had a huge concern, I was more concerned with helping my students achieve the skills the needed to achieve good health, wellbeing and life chances. Therefore, I experimented and researched continually with my students during the eighties to develop an approach to teaching that would both develop the skills that matter and help them achieve exam success.
As a child I constructed activities and games to develop my sporting skills, which became a central part of my teaching and coaching sports. With my developing self-awareness I began considering how I could apply this approach in my science, chemistry and PSHE lessons.These three quotes provide a good summary of my objective.
“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think” Socrates
“The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’ Maria Montessori
“Enforced learning will not stay in the mind. Let your children’s lessons take the form of play.” Plato
Mr. Bean -Prepares for The Exam –
Mr.Bean Takes The Exam-
HERE’S HOW TO DO IT
NOW STUDY YOUR INCORRECT ANSWERS AND USE THIS ANALYSIS TO DISCOVER WHY YOU LOST THE MARKS
IT IS ESSENTIAL TO REALISE THAT