Our methodology


The 4 Steps to Success Process / Methodology

The design of any task or assessment instrument begins with a task verb, such as ‘explain’, ‘design’, or ‘compare’. The selection of the right verb is CRUCIAL as it defines the task, determines how a student will organise their thoughts and research and influences the language they will use.

Step 1: Identify the Task Verb.

We must make it clear to our students exactly what we are asking them to do, whether to ‘explain’, ‘compare’, ‘discuss’ or ‘justify’.

For example. Your assessment task may be to, “Compare radio and television as mediums of communication”.

Step 2: Understand the Task Verb

Ensure students know the exact definition of the task verb so they can tackle their assessment confidently. This means providing them with a student-friendly definition.
For example, compare means that you look at the way two things are both similar and different. If it was to contrast it would be to look at the differences only.

Step 3: Use an appropriate Thinking Tool

By allocating a thinking tool that is appropriate for the task verb, students can now organise their research, planning and thinking. Without thinking tools, students often become overwhelmed at this point or worse, they may go off track!
For compare, the Double Bubble Map works well. Students will find their ideas flow smoothly when all they have to do is fill in the relevant bubbles.

Step 4: Use the appropriate Language

The final step assists students with their writing skills, by providing the relevant sentence starters and connectives to get the words flowing.
For compare, some sentence starters include:

  • “There are many ways in which…and…are similar and these include…”
  • “There are many ways in which…and…are different and these include…”
  • A very obvious difference between…and…is…

And there you have it!

With these four steps, students have a process to research, plan and complete their assessment. 

 

Four Steps to Successful Thinking

Step 1: Identify the Task Verb.

Step 2: Understand the Task Verb

Step 3: Use an appropriate Thinking Tool

Step 4: Use the appropriate Language