We had a new student and as the parents have briefed us, WJ is indeed a smart boy. His parents were concerned over his great dip in marks. We run pre assessments and we did
one on him. He has the head knowledge (contents), which makes things easier for us, and we covered as much as we could over the 2h lesson.
We used our teaching aids and tested WJ on some PSLE Science OEQs commonly seen in practice papers, the reverse way. As WJ was tinkering with the electric circuit, we asked him questions, like what would the questions be each time he set up a different circuit.
The questions he came up with were very close to what were seen in PSLE Science OEQs type, and we just helped him rephrase accordingly. In this way, we are also using our THINK & LINK method to help our students bridge the gap between learning and answering questions.
WJ’s parents feedback that WJ is much more confident in handling such questions and is able to THINK & LINK back concepts and apply them accordingly.