Learning & teaching

Virtual discussion with staff/pupils (padlet)

A fantastic way to get either pupils or staff to ‘respond’ and’discuss’ elements during live learning is by placing a QR code in your lesson to a padlet page in order to enable all participants to share ideas. In addition all members of the ‘class’ can see one anothers’ comments and use their ideas in …

Home Learning: Lessons & feedback (advice)

We have tried to summarise succinct tips for staff to consider when planning ‘lessons’ remotely. Additionally the feedback methods that may be most effective. This is an example from one of our schools, but could easily be adapted. Engaging Home Learners v3

Bumping lessons

The theory behind this strategy is to do something different within a lesson in order to ‘jolt’ their memory and therefore increase the likelihood of pupils remembering what they have learnt. Click here for some examples: Bumping lessons

In the news

Introduce current affairs into your lessons. Provide articles, videos or documentaries for pupils to read and discuss, or ask pupils to find these themselves. Then encourage pupils to pose their thoughts collectively to discuss and debate the issue further. Pupils can to upload their thoughts using padlet or pearltrees for the class to easily access. Click here for …

The big question debate

Encourage and facilitate open debates with pupils. This gets them thinking and encourages them to apply their knowledge and make links to the wider world. It can also encourage pupils to develop their reasoning skills, and equips them to better cope with unforeseen questions. Click here for some examples Big question debate

Passion projects

Whet pupils’ appetite for a topic or subject area by allowing them time and choice over independently studying an area of interest. It could be not something covered by the curriculum or specification, but something they care about or are interested in. Then let them teach the class! Click here for some ideas Passion projects

WOW starters

Create curiosity and awe for your subject areas at the beginning of lessons using WOW starters. Posing open and thought provoking questions to get pupils thinking or drawing links between topics. Wow starters

Socratic Smackdown

This is a great strategy to get pupils to practise developing an argument, either independently or as a group. Pupils can earn points every time they use a strategies. Give pupils a topic, text or issue and a chance to prepare ideas before their discussion or written answer, which is scored by others. Socratic Smackdown discussion example Socratic …

Learning Tools

An AFL tool that allows students to clearly show you where they are at in their learning. Includes traffic lights, target setting, true or false and an English checklist that allows students to check their own work for grammar, punctuation etc. Click here to download. Ways to use Learning tools in your teaching Draw a …

The impact of homework on attainment

Identify a few key words or key phrases that could be used to tag your work – e.g. assessment, literacy, raising achievement Homework, homework and attainment, flipped learning, consolidation homework Why did you decide to undertake this project? What was it designed to achieve/what issue were you looking to address? The main aims of this …