It’s that time of year again.
At the high school these are days of final preparations for the big internal exams that precede the national ones.
Students may differ, there are new students every year, but some mistakes that my weak students make on their reading comprehension tests have earned the term classic – seems like I encounter them on a regular basis.
So I’m experimenting with visualising. I created a short slideshow to present one such common error. It took me a long time to simplify the text (it is not productive to throw a lot of text at weak learners, if they could deal with that they wouldn’t be weak!) and to choose the format in which to present it. I have found that students must have something active to do (as opposed to “read the Powerpoint) so the last slide has the students fill in the final answer with immediate feedback.
With all my simplifying efforts, it is still not something my weak kids would deal with on their own. However, with the students I’ve tried it with so far the presentation led to a good discussion. They all claimed that they know students who do that but THEY would never answer a question like that. I feverently hope that it is the case!
There is only one common mistake presented in this one. I think it is more practical to have lots of short slideshows than a long one presenting many different pitfalls.
And frankly, in this manner these slideshows don’t become a massive project, requiring identification of all the mistakes I want to address before producing a complete project. If I’m pleased with the results, I can gradually build up the slideshow library.
I had my students in mind when I created this first one. I’d be interested to hear if you find it useful as well.