By Matt Smith
Here is a brief summary from our recent TeachMeet on Plenaries.
We initially discussed why we should do Plenaries:
- Help us to assess learning from the lesson.
- Help students to understand what the most important point of the lesson was and not just the most recent point.
- Acts as a link to the next lesson and gives a guide as to what students need to do to consolidate their learning for the next lesson.
- An opportunity to share work done in the lesson.
- Provides an opportunity for student self assessment.
- Plenaries do not have to always be at the end of a lesson as they could well be appropriate anytime during a lesson.
Ideas for Plenaries:
- Students write their own plenary. Allow a couple of minutes for this and then share their summaries.
- Sum up the key points from the lesson in 140 characters – Twitter style.
- Use Post It Notes to sum up the lesson. These can be taken in and so help teacher planning.
- Students come up with a question from the lesson.
- Students commit to one thing they are going to do for next lesson.
- Students write a question on a Post It Note and then these are given out to students as they leave. Answers by next lesson.
- Use of Kahoot to ask some quick questions. Gives the teacher instant feedback. More here
- The Plenary Producer is a PowerPoint with lots of ideas. It can be downloaded from here