Oct 052013

The new term has brought with it a workload of such epic proportions that I’ve just completed 21 full working days without any kind of break. My AST role has finally vanished, so it’s back to the rigours of a full teaching timetable, spiced up with five brand new subjects that I haven’t taught before. Hopefully this excuse adequately covers the lack of updates on the blog.

I’ve just finished teaching a short series of lessons on plate tectonics to year 9. We started by looking at the impact of tectonics on human history using the Deep Earth resource I wrote about last year. I used the 2004 SE Asia tsunami to illustrate short and long term aid (I save the Japan tsunami for GCSE) and finished with the classic Montserrat activity. I wanted to devise a differentiated  assessment that would recap and reinforce knowledge as well as allowing the students to show what they’ve learned. I came up with a simple concept map that is easy to modify for any topic. Students are given a list of key words from the topic, an A3 sheet and instructions to find and describe as many links as possible. There is a selection of bonus words to stretch the most able and a mark scheme. It’s super simple and brings nothing new at all to the world of assessment.

17/10/13 Update: I’ve discovered the hexagon generator from Pam Hook which may well offer a better way to analyse links between keywords.