As part of our new blogs series from teachers who are using Edusites in their classrooms we are delighted that Helen, ten years on from being an NQT, shared her experience of sitting timed questions with students. There is something wonderful about sitting papers along with students, not least because it causes the classroom to be filled with a group dynamic of concentrated hush...
Helen writes here about using the Edusites English Brothers Paper 1 AQA Language Paper with her students and shares her excellent modeled responses and annotations which we have attached here as a pdf.
As an NQT, I sat a timed question alongside my class. I handed it anonymously to an exam-marking colleague and when it was returned (thankfully as top band) the huge professional insight was the way my answer had “warmed up” from its Level 2 start.
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