- Half the class were out the week after the mock doing Art Exams, so would not benifit if I went through it in class
- It gives them the freedom to focus on the topics and questions they particularly struggled with
- As a set that sometimes struggle, but want to do well, it gave them the opportunity to spend as much time as they wanted working on it
- It allowed me to focus on particular needs in the lesson, rather than dishing out a one-size fits all review of the mock.
I am a huge fan of using videos to aid in teaching, and by far my favourite way to do this is using educreations. A simple and intuitive App for the iPad, you can quickly record videos on anything you like, and upload them to the educreations site, making them available publicly, or just to a particular class.
Even better, you can add images and edit them live in the video, and write on them seamlessly. And with the latest update, you can even erase previous work as well!
In the run up to the exams, and after doing a final mock with my Year 11, I decided to use this to create a set of videos walking through the mock IGCSE paper they did. There were a few reasons I decided to do this:
My students really appreciated the time and effort that these videos took to make, and they have all commented on how useful they have been in their revision. I also benefitted from not having to go through the same question over and over, as did the rest of my department. They are also there for the students to look back at now that they are on exam leave.
This set of videos worked so well, that I also created a set for a Mechanics 1 mock I did. There is also a test available on Coordinate Geometry and Differentiation which has a full set of solutions and a Core 2 paper as well.
NOTE: the past paper videos linked here are protected by a password to prevent students accessing them when teachers don't want them to (I will use these again next year, and don't want my current year 10 looking through them before their mock!). The password is currently set as "euler", but may change periodically. If it does, then feel free to contact me for the new one.
I am a maths teacher looking to share good ideas for use in the classroom, with a current interest in integrating educational research into my practice.