Think, Write, Talk

By Matt Smith

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I came across this blog on Tutor2U and felt it is a nice activity to check student understanding at the end of a topic. How it works is explained below:

Think: Write: Talk is a whole class activity which involves every pupil. All you need is a set of mini-whiteboards and a marker pen!

The activity requires students to think, recall and predict key learning points and therefore ensures that key learning points are more likely to be remembered. Continue reading

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“Can I have a Model Answer please sir?”- Cut and Paste Model Answer Activity

By Kevin Dajee

Psychology Teacher & Teaching and Learning Champion

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“Can I have a model answer please sir?” A question I sometimes get asked in Psychology lessons from my learners. I amModel Answer- 20141215_160621_resized pretty reluctant to simply just give them the model answer just like that.

This activity helps students to think about essay structure, logic and coherence. It gets learners working with the material and picking and choosing points of description and evaluation for themselves. Continue reading

Reducing Coasting in Group Work

This blog is full of practical suggestions to make group work much more effective.

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group workThe 15 minute forum tonight was led by Emma Mason, our Deputy Leader in Maths & Assessment Without Levels Leader.  Emma shared her thoughts and strategies about how we could make group work more effective. Group work is an interesting one.  In certain subjects like PE, it’s an essential part of the subject.  Likewise in aspects of other subjects, where students have to work together on practical tasks, such as science, working as a member of a group is important.  The issue comes when group work is introduced into other classroom based subjects, that don’t lend themselves naturally to group work – like maths.  If the activity is not planned well and there’s no thought given to why students have been asked to work in a group, the outcome often resembles the picture above – and learning is limited.   So for example, if you are using group work for students to ‘find out’ some new knowledge…

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