We know that metacognition has a huge impact on student learning. Getting students to think about how they pull apart an exam paper is something we are all reminding them of at the moment. This blog post is essential reading if you currently teach any classes with an exam this summer. When reading the article, scroll down to see how the music teacher has annotated the script (if you do one new thing this week then try this) – you don’t need to watch the videos although they do help contextualise the explanation in the article.

It is so obviously a useful thing to do for students, I cannot believe it hasn’t occurred to me before. I’ve been inspired to do this for my Year 11 GCSE History group. Results can be seen below:

I took screenshots of the paper, dropped them into a Pages document (Microsoft Word would do just the same.) Just imagine if you had a bank of past papers that you had annotated like this to simply give out to students after/during you run through a mock exam or at revision time. they are time consuming to produce but could be a hugely effective resource

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