Here are the comparative results:
The students either stayed were they were with results or made positive gains in the tests. I found that the boys especially made the biggest gain in their results and it was pleasing to see this in the tests. I think it may be a combination of slowing the pace of the lesson to focus primarily on the concepts but also the opportunity kids had to test themselves individually, in pairs and in groups to ensure they got the learning. I hope also to examine whether it was my teaching approach that impacted on this shift in my next blogs.
Dr Jannie suggested I show the results to the students because the more times we can showcase their cleverness the better. I want to give them the test again at a later date to see if they can remember the terms more easier. I also want to vary the way I monitor them by changing the tests for example I might try an emoji system asking how well they know words like the one in the image below.