‘Independent study is a process, a method and a philosophy of education:
What a hard task to achieve...
Independent learning is something that as an AST I am constantly asked to support colleagues with or demonstrate in galleried lessons. 2 of the more valuable, yet easy to use, resources can be seen below and a full article can be found on my website here
One other thing to note - if the students are working in groups it is advisable to assign them roles, again you can find a resource for it here.
I have recently seen loads of great examples of foldables on Twitter, so I decided to have a go myself. I have a C/D GCSE set who often struggle with taking their own notes, bit love posters - this seemed like a good cross-over between the two. And, if I can copy them onto a number of different colours of card, it should persuade even the pickiest amongst them to have a go.
So I set to trying one - well trying to write the outline of one as this would be their first go at it. Next up in my teaching scheme is metal extraction and the reactivity series, it seemed to lend itself quite well to a foldable...
And the finished result can be seen on the right. I hope that I have given enough information and prompts to support them, while also leaving it open enough for them to be more independent.
There will also be levelled LI's with the lesson, so the class can see what is needed for the D/C/B grades.
Feedback on the foldable is welcome.
Will report back with how it goes...
SLE, Science AST, Coaching trainer, Learning & Teaching coach, ITT mentor, professional tutor been in this job for many years - always happy to help. Always looking for new ideas!