AFL, CLASSROOM DISPLAY, EDTECH, HISTORY, LEARNING, LITERACY, RESOURCES, SOCIAL MEDIA, TEACHING

Ten ways to use Typorama app for Teaching and Learning!

The app Typorama is a simple and easy app to use and I have used it in so many ways in my classroom!

I thoroughly enjoy creating teaching and learning resources. I’m also keen to embrace technology in my classroom and lesson planning.  Typorama app ( a free app but it does cost to remove the watermark) transforms photos and text into amazing typographic designs on iOS. Images are provided on the app or you can upload your own from your camera roll. The images are powered by Pixabay search engine, where all images are released free of copyright. There are also over 40 different typographic styles available with photo filters, overlays and adjustment tools. I have used this app in a variety of ways. I wanted to share ten methods to use Typorama focusing on teaching and learning. Read more

AFL, CLASSROOM DISPLAY, EDTECH, HISTORY, LEARNING, RESOURCES, SOCIAL MEDIA, TEACHING

Revision strategies that work for me and my pupils …

Teachers are busy ensuring pupils feel prepared and confident to sit their exams and achieve their maximum potential. Pupils will have their highlighters, post it notes and revision lists at the ready! However, I recently read an interesting article in The Guardian The Science of revision which suggests ditching highlighters, putting phones away, turning music off and instead eat breakfast, teach someone else and spread revision out over a longer period of time. A useful article, worth a read. In my opinion revision does need to be personalised and the sooner pupils realise what works for them the better!  I often explore different methods to support pupils with their exam preparation and here are some of the techniques and resources I use with my classes. Read more

AFL, HISTORY, LEARNING, LITERACY, RESOURCES, TEACHING

Getting to grips with keywords!

I recently read an interesting article on the TES online by Alex Quigley, English teacher and Director of Learning and Research, entitled ‘How to plan for and teach tricky vocabulary’. Introducing pupils to new vocabulary takes place in all subjects and as Alex explained it is essential to the success of pupil progression. Grasping subject specific terminology naturally increases vocabulary and provides pupils with a deeper level of subject knowledge and understanding. In the Humanities subjects I teach pupils are regularly introduced to new vocabulary, it is a key feature and skill within the subject. Subject specific vocabulary can often be very challenging for pupils. Difficulties can occur with reading and pronouncing the keywords, which is why modelling is an excellent starting point such as repeating the words for pupils. Also, understanding the terminology in a contextual setting can be a struggle. Alex offers a lot of great advice and strategies. I wanted to share some resources that I have created and used with pupils, across the curriculum and with different key stages, to help expand their vocabulary whilst linking to their subject knowledge and further developing their Literacy skills. All of the resources in this post can be used and adapted for different subjects, as shown with my examples. Keywords within our subject area can also be particularly challenging for both SEN and EAL pupils. A useful strategy with EAL pupils is to encourage them to translate the word, using a dictionary to check if they are already familiar with the term in their first language. I am also working with the EAL department at my College, they offer so much support and have a wealth of experience working with pupils understanding of  keywords. I have differentiated the resources to suit the needs of my pupils or seen differentiation by outcome in regards to level of depth, detail and understanding. Read more

AFL, HISTORY, LEARNING, RESOURCES, TEACHING

Learning grids

Learning grids, also known as questioning grids, are brilliant! After experimenting with the resource I felt inspired to create learning grids that I could use with my classes. Learning grids appeal to students because they’re an enjoyable learning activity.  The learning grids can be adapted for any subject and different key stages. Learning grids require a class set of dice.  Students will roll the dice twice – to give them a number they can use for the horizontal and vertical line (for example 2 across and 4 down). Read more

AFL, LEARNING, RESOURCES, TEACHING

Entry & exit tickets for the classroom!

I often use entrance and exit tickets with  pupils at the start and end of a lesson. They are fantastic for setting targets, assessment for learning, an opportunity to express learner voice, consolidate learning and reflect on the lesson. Entrance and exit tickets are often very quick, simple and easy to use yet effective. Entry/exit tickets can be made to be generic so they can be used for any topic, subject and year group. They can also be personalised for a specific topic, lesson or individual too. I discovered the exit ticket idea on Pinterest – a haven of wonderful teaching resources shared by teachers – and then I created and adapted several of my own to use with my pupils. In another post I have written about my popular emoji exit ticket, you can read here. Below are some other examples I have created to use in my classroom. Read more

AFL, LEARNING, POUNDLANDPEDAGOGY, TEACHING

Assessment for Learning collection tubs

Teachers can struggle to ‘switch off’ from the day job. This was certainly true when I was shopping in Asda one night and purchased three traffic light coloured tubs to use in my classroom!

The traffic light colours are often associated with AfL. This is because it is a very simple method to self assess and reflect. Red often meaning that the pupil struggled, found the work or lesson too difficult, needs more help etc. The yellow or amber colour is associated with the student being able to grasp most elements but not all and almost there. The green is the go ahead, showing confidence and understanding. However, different Schools and classes that use the Traffic Light/ RAG colours do so in different ways. There are lots of interesting ways I have used the traffic light colours in my classroom and the collection tubs are one idea that I found worked very well! Read more