This is a resource I created after one of my Year 7 classes commented on how much they loved the emojis on display in my classroom. They then asked if they could do something with emojis in a lesson. It is well known that emojis are popular but obviously resources have to have a purpose or function to aid teaching and learning. I had used emojis before in various ways and as part of my assessment for learning strategies. I also tend to use exit tickets but I like to design different styles/types of exit tickets. I realised I could use emojis as part of an exit ticket to self assess and reflect on the lesson.
Firstly, to clear up any confusion Body suits are very thin, all in one work suits that can be easily purchased from a pound shop or DIY store. The purpose of these suits are to protect clothing when decorating. However, they can also be used in weird and wonderful ways in the classroom! Here are some suggested ways they can be used with your classes…
Keyword grids are so simple and easy to create, brilliant for teachers! There are lots of different ways the keyword grids can be used, again brilliant for teachers and students!
I created my keyword grids using the Moldiv app, with the photo collage feature and the text was created using the Typorama app. However, the grid can easily be created on Word, PowerPoint or Keynote.
Your mission should you choose to accept it…
Who isn’t excited at the thought of a secret mission – even if it is in the classroom!
The secret mission cards are a resource that I created with specific students in mind, I think students are often the inspiration behind creative resources! All students have their own unique strengths, areas for improvements and targets. These targets could be related to behaviour, effort, literacy and so on. A way to help individual students focus on their targets and make progress in the lesson is through the fun secret mission cards.
I created a class set of secret mission cards for the different individuals in that class. Examples include the following;
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.
Timelines are often used by History teachers because they are an excellent and effective method to help pupils develop their chronological awareness and understanding. Timelines can support pupils gaining a historical overview of a period, assist in recalling key dates, events and individuals and also visualise how progress, developments and change have occurred over time. A positive/negative timeline goes beyond putting events in chronological order and requires discussion, analysis and reaching a judgement.
I’ll be honest, I struggled with an appropriate title for this post!
A bag of plastic balls can first appear like a teachers worst nightmare …with potentially inappropriate ball comments, balls flying around and so on! They may also appear to some teachers as “gimmickry”. However, they have worked really well with my students. Of course, they are fun but in addition to that (that isn’t my priority although I do want students to be engaged in addition to making progress), there are lots of ways they can be used as an activity to aid learning and progress forwards. These are some of the different ways I have used the ball pool ( I suggest using the term ball pool rather than ball bag!).
Everyone who knows me, personally or professionally, know that I love to teach (hence the profile and blog name) but I also love to travel. When the opportunity came up for me to take part in the British Council Connecting Classrooms programme, I did not hesitate!
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!
Spelling, punctuation and grammar are an essential part of learning and communication. Teachers and students understand the importance of SPaG and if they don’t, have a word!
I have shared this idea before on Twitter and at various Teach Meet events where I have presented. The concept itself may come across as a gimmick but students have responded really well to this activity! Reflecting upon that point, metacognition is a massively important element of successful learning. By stressing the importance of certain elements of learning, such as spelling, grammar and punctuation, children are able to ensure that it is at the front of their mind when learning in class. This is why, whilst on the face of it seemingly ‘gimmicky’ the SPaG watch activity really is an integral part of learning in my classroom.