Archive for the ‘L2L’ Category

A perpetual classroom problem is that students translate what we say into what they want to do. How many times have you come back from time off to see that students answered questions 1 and 10, not 1 to 10? Sometimes this is deliberate awkwardness. Sometimes it’s an actual lack of understanding, either of what […]

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Now How Next

25Jun14

I just wanted to share a plenary that I’ve tried out a few times now. I’ve found it quite useful and it works with any topic, knowledge or skills. To be honest, I suspect the title makes it clear but I’m going to quickly explain anyway. Now Students gauge their current level of understanding, ideally […]

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Disclaimer: I stole this idea from @ange01. It was saved to my notes a while back, and while planning today’s revision lessons I found the idea and decided to put it into practice. As usual, I’ve adapted it to suit what I wanted; blame me for the problems and credit her with the original idea. Each student […]

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It’s that time of year, but I’ve not been able to post much about revision lessons and activities because I’ve been too busy doing them. And because of other projects, too. So my apologies for the long absence. P2 electricity quick ref (as pdf) This grew out of activities trying to help students make clear links […]

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A student doesn’t have a pen. You loan them a pen. Next lesson, the same student doesn’t have a pen. Now what? Let’s assume – because I’m a professional teacher and, if you’re reading this, probably so are you – that we’re not talking about a student who (a) has specific needs making pen recall […]

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I don’t remember when I first used the idea of breaking down a demonstration for students by having them follow the POE format: Predict what will happen Observe what actually happens Explain it in context I think a lot of science teachers used this before – or even without – referencing the ideas of Michael […]

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Power Stations

19Feb14

“Okay, class… everybody… I’m not going to teach you about power stations. You need to know all the features but you’re going to be teaching each other. In groups of three you’re going to be putting together a presentation on one of the energy resources…” Hands up if this sounds familiar? I’ve used variations on […]

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