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Resource – IBDP Geography Self-Assessment Sheets

As part of encouraging learners to take responsibility for their learning, my students are encouraged to make use of self-assessment sheets. The idea behind these sheets comes from my Before and After topic review wheels, which involves students reflecting on their prior knowledge before undertaking the topic and the assessment of their gained knowledge at the end of the topic.

Students are instructed to print a copy of the grid at the start of the topic and to self-assess their prior knowledge in the before column. The content of the grids is directly lifted from the IBDP 2019 Geography Specification, but could easily be amended to suit any exam specification whether it be at KS4 or 5.

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As students work complete the topic, they are given exam style questions from past papers and ones we have written ourselves. After reading their feedback they complete the progress table, set themselves a target and then put the date or page number of the location with evidence that they have met their target and acted on feedback.

In addition students are given a case study and example summary sheet, in order to help students to bring together their understanding of the case studies and examples studied. Students simply have to summarise the key points in their table. Effective for instilling content. summary sheet

Now I do check the self-assessment sheets are used however the summary sheets are a tool to support students in their studies. If they choose not to use it, that is up to them but the support is given.

If you teach IBDP Geography you can find the resources here, to download a blank template for editing to suit other exam specifications click here.

How do you encourage students to reflect on their learning?

Mrs Humanities


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Resource: Revision Knowledge Organisers for Environmental Systems and Societies

This academic year I started teaching the International Baccalaureate Diploma course – Environmental Systems and Societies. It’s a course that I was completely new to but I love it. I started making revision knowledge organisers for my year 13 students to support their revision. topic-1

It’s not the type of Knowledge Organiser that are doing the rounds at the moment where all of the information is already present for the student to learn from, but instead it is a way for students to recap and organise their knowledge and understanding using their notes and assessed work.

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Students quite simply fill in the boxes with relevant information from their notes, work and textbook. I had a student email me recently to ask if I would be making more of them because they are finding them particularly useful for developing their revision technique.

I’ve done them so far for the topics that I teach (ESS is split between two teachers) and will be making a start of the topics that I don’t teach shortly.

I will be uploading them as they are completed to the ESS revision resource google drive here. Please feel free to download and use them with your students.

Hope they are of use.

Mrs Humanities