LEARNING, RESOURCES, TEACHING

The Zone of Relevance…explained.

On a Friday afternoon I often share teaching resources on Twitter, like many other teachers do, using the hashtag #PedagooFriday. The Zone of Relevance resource generated a lot of interest. I was contacted by teachers asking for further explanation and asking questions, which is understandable as 140 characters can be very limited!
The Zone of Relevance works best with GCSE and A-Level students because it is very useful to complete when preparing and planning an exam answer. However, it can be used with other year groups and across the curriculum. The idea behind this is that students recognise what information is relevant for a specific exam answer and essential to achieve exam marks. It also helps students prioritise information. This task supports students to understand what they should and should not include in their answer.  This will highlight what information is irrelevant to that specific question to prevent common mistakes being made. 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

LEARNING, RESOURCES, TEACHING

Emoji Exit Ticket

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. Read more

HISTORY, LEARNING, RESOURCES, TEACHING

Keyword grids for learning! 

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. Read more

LEARNING, RESOURCES, TEACHING

Secret Mission Cards

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; 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

HISTORY, LEARNING, RESOURCES, TEACHING

Positive and Negative Historical Timelines

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.   Read more

LEARNING, POUNDLANDPEDAGOGY, RESOURCES, TEACHING

Bags of learning…using balls!

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!). Read more