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From other colleagues’ anecdotes, it’s clear that, actually, Media mock exams are not always as simple as they perhaps should be. While many of us are probably fairly well grooved in terms of curating the December/January English Lit and Lang mocks (“Hello Past Paper my old friend, I’ve come to copy you again”), mocks in the subject of Media, English’s cooler, Gitane smoking, Italian sports car driving, experimental theatre viewing hipster cousin, are definitely less straightforward.
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Working your way through the new specifications can feel like being part of a Big Brother experiment. Here at Edusites, we get some great questions from our members. This blog is about one well-formed question from Laura and the various responses and advice we offered.
At first they just sound a bit stuffy...The four keys skills (or theoretical frameworks) are, in theory, the building blocks of Media knowledge. Bearing in mind that we are very likely to have some ‘last minute of the transfer-window’ kids in our classes, the idea of starting with an introduction about these concepts is actually sensible and reassuring for all involved.
All Media specifications will have four crucial elements built into them. These skills are the fundamental learning principles you need to understand how to teach because they comprise all of the angles of media education your students will need to be able to recognise, comment on, assess and theorise about.
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Starting work again does have its benefits though. At least we can casually pretend to be watching Celebrity Big Brother “to really be getting inside the marvellous examples of Propp villains and Levi-Strauss dynamics” and not just because we want to see how crackers Roxanne really is.
Part of the genuine appeal of this AQA GCSE Media Studies course is the wide and contrasting spread of topics in the CSP. Many of the units are thoughtfully curated so as to offer a neat comparison between two institutions.
What a year that was in GCSE Media. I’m sure many of our colleagues will agree that this has been one of the most challenging we can remember. The dual year we knew had to be faced has been conquered…..hopefully! Those teachers and departments who have found themselves in the unenviable position of managing Y11 through the final days of the much loved (ok..very familiar!) GCSE legacy specs whilst simultaneously getting to grips with the new strengthened course will be looking forward longingly to that final bell, the swift taxi to the airport and the rattle of ice cubes more than most this year.
I’m sure all you cool Media Edutistas are going to agree with me on this one. As much as I love a bit of Great British Bake-Off, I sometimes feel the two production pieces at the beginning and the end are a bit annoying. Knowing the task and the rules before you enter the competition is OK for the inevitable quirky, eccentric, golly-gosh student type who has had all day to practice after their 33 minutes of weekly lectures have finished.