Wednesday 19th December 2012


Plenaries to Help Literacy

  • Encourage students to select five words from the lesson and construct a glossary at the back of their book.  These can be used as a starter spelling test next lesson.  This is also useful if, in pairs, one student spells and the other gives the definition.
  • Word Walls – make them active: new words are posted by the students at the end of the lesson – allows you to introduce new vocabulary and highlight key subject specific words

Any other ideas?


Tuesday 18th December 2012


A Classroom for Learning

  • Try experimenting with classroom layout (e.g. horseshoe fits most purposes: allows maximum interaction between students during discussions; permits easy access by the teacher to all students; ensures teacher can see all students’ faces)
  • Try different groups of students
  • Displays – examples of students work to illustrate specific grades; posters about current topics; motivational posters; key words related to topics; photographs of students enjoying their learning
  • Use dramatic music during a plenary (sometimes called the ‘concert review’)
  • Plants!

Please share any other ideas!


Monday 17th December 2012


Whose round is it anyway?

  • One off:  set up the lesson like a pub quiz with class divided in to teams.  Set up different rounds to get a final score (e.g. ‘Fill in the Blanks’, ‘Odd One Out’, ‘Picture Round’).
  • Run the rounds once a fortnight to create a league system
  • Allocate roles e.g. Team Captain, Score Recorder to create sense of responsibility
  • Helps develop teamwork, encourages synthesis

Any other ideas?  Please tell us!

Friday 14th December 2012


Philosophy for Children (P4C): All the Hallmarks of Outstanding Learning

P4C techniques allow students to:

think creatively


develop capacity for questioning

engages in enquiry based learning

explore problems

analyse and construct ideas

These lessons serve as a great ‘lead in’ to written outcomes because students have really thought about their ideas and the ideas of others before they put pen to paper.

More detail here:      and here: Sapere P4C

If you have tried P4C techniques, please share your experiences by leaving a reply.

Thursday 13th December 2012


AfL Knowing Me Knowing You Ah ha…

Feedback is the most powerful strategy for improving students’ progress (Sutton Trust Report 2011).

Triple Impact Marking
1.Students reflect on what went well (www) and what might have made their work even better (ebi)
2.The teacher asks questions about the students’ work: How could you…? What might…? Do you think…?
3.Students answers the question and explains how they will improve next time.

Please share your ideas/thoughts for high quality AfL strategies.

Really good article here:Making Feedback Stick