Challenging Topics at GCSE 2018/19 Work Group
The aim will be for teachers to:
appreciate the importance of looking further back in the locus of teaching rather than ‘fire-fighting’ in KS4.
to analyse and unpick teaching issues underpinning some of the challenging topics and gain a deeper understanding of the pre-requirements for teaching them including the importance of pedagogical approaches
understand and consider the implications for addressing these issues both in the immediate teaching of pupils demonstrating those difficulties but also the longer-term development of those skills across the curriculum.
The intention is that pupils will become:
more confident in their own skills and abilities,
develop a deeper and more connected understanding of prior content thus enabling them to better tackle the challenging topic.
Be better able to tackle questions in that topic
have a more positive attitude to topics they find challenging
Goal Free Problems
Give students a goal free problem and analyse the results.