So, what have I learnt this week? Ideally, I should take just a couple of minutes to write a few lines to sum up for you. However, there were such a lot of good ideas that it is going to take more than just a couple of lines. So here goes…in brief…
Best mistake?: We started with this very easy plenary. Ask your pupils what is the best mistake they have made today and what did they learn from it?
Tabou: With a partner or in a group of three or four play tabou. For example if the focus has been on learning about the Great Fire of London give a description of it without mentioning the name of the event itself.
One thing you learnt: As pupils leave the class they must say one thing they learnt in the lesson. In languages this works particularly well because you can get the pupils to formulate sentences with their new vocabulary or grammar.
Post it note: This is one that I picked up on the twittersphere. Create some categories or questions and display them on the board. Give pupils 2 – 7 minutes depending on your time limitations and ask them to respond to as many of the questions as possible or to supply as many key words as possible for each category. They should write their answers on a post it note. The winner is the person with the most correct post it notes placed on the board. Colour post it notes are quite helpful here to highlight who has been doing the writing. Don’t forget to get your pupils to write their name or initials at the top of the page.
Teaching Channel.org :This is an excellent website which allows you to select your specific areas of interest and your subject area. You do need to subscribe but this takes seconds and once a week they send you ideas for your selected areas. The ideas are handily explained via short videos. You just need about two minutes a week… The idea that we watched was…
Stop Light Note: On the wall or board place a set of three circles (green, amber, red – hence the Stop Light Note title). As pupils leave they should put a post it note on the green circle explaining what they learnt that day, on the amber a note that explains what they would still like to know and finally on the red circle a note which highlights what stopped them from learning. There will be some ready made Stop Light Notes (circles) coming soon courtesy of @vallance_ian
Answer the question: This one does what it says on the tin. Pupils are not allowed to leave until they have answered the question. Go further? ~ Split the class in two; questions or answers. Those who have been allotted questions must create a question to ask a pupil in the other half of the class. Naturally, the questions must relate to the topic of the lesson.
Hindsight board: Pupils must supply the lesson objectives to put on the board at the end of the lesson hence summing up what had been covered in the lesson. Go further? ~ Extra questions could be asked. For example, is there anything else we should do on this topic for tomorrow? Did we miss anything? How do we build on this next time?
Odd one out/missing word: Each pupil has a short quiz on their desk to answer asking them to fill in the missing word(s) and find the odd one out. This is particularly useful if you only have one lesson a week and time is of the essence.
Get Kahoot : This is one we have come across before however it is worth a second look. It is a fabulous online quiz that the pupils love and is a great way to test what they have learnt. It has the added benefit of giving you detailed feedback about your pupils’ achievements in the quiz. Pupils need access to a tablet device or a computer to play this game. If technology is not an option good old Show Me Boardsare also very popular and successful in providing a quick assessment of what has been attained.
Play your cards right: Provide pupils with four answers – each one on a separate card. Ask some questions where the answer is on one of the four cards that the pupils have in their hands. Pupils must hold up the right answer.
Blockbusters: That well known popular quiz from the 80s. Templates for this are readily available and the questions can be as complex or as simple as you wish.
Jenga: Although this could be a bit time consuming it is a great game to play in the middle of a double before moving on to build on the knowledge acquired in the first lesson. Write definitions or key terms and words on each jenga block. Play the game of jenga in the normal way but blocks are only allowed to be re-placed when the term has been explained or defined. Go further? ~ Get pupils to write the key terms on as many jenga blocks as possible in the last two minutes of the lesson.
Ok, so not very brief but hopefully very useful. Do you have any more that we can add to this collection? Let me know by leaving your response below.