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Consolidating knowledge

To support students working remotely to develop their understanding, one approach is to provide them with the knowledge they need, and to then, more importantly, get them using it.

For topics the students are working on, you can provide knowledge organisers of the composite facts/key words/skills/ideas students need, to be able to perform well in the topic. Students can use the knowledge organiser initially rate themselves in terms of what they already know, which will then help them identify the knowledge they need to build up.

Here are two examples schools have made available on their websites:

To scaffold and support student understanding, you can direct students to where they can identify meaning related to the key words, facts, text, skills etc. This can be done by using a number of different formats, and by drawing on existing resources such as: images, videos, simulations, appropriate web pages, digital books, text books, revisions guides etc.

For the topic you are teaching, you can also provide students with a list of the learning intentions (not the knowledge, the knowledge is listed on the knowledge organiser, and given separately). The learning intention list is about what students need to understand and be able to do in the topic. This list not only helps the students, it can also direct you to where they need to be assessing and gathering evidence to help them respond in a formative way for their learners.

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