Each time I finish explain a new topic, I set the students off on task feeling confident that there’s no way they could have not understood my explanation. However, as I walk away from the board… “I don’t get it!” “Which bit?” “All of it!” I find it really frustrating that many students won’t even attempt tasks without me sitting next to them talking them through. They can be given clear steps, several examples, and shown exactly why every step needs to take place. It seems t
Below is a list of my favourite and most commonly used plenaries. They are from all over, and I have given credit if I can remember where I found it. Each has a description, an estimate for time needed, a difficulty rating (out of 5) and a student engagement rating (also out of 5). The difficulty rating is dependent on students’ understanding for the lesson, and the student engagement rating is based on my own experience with these plenaries. Please add any other great ideas
Marking is a big topic at the moment. There are lots of questions around about effective marking, what we should be writing down and how long it should be taking us. With this in mind, I wanted to share a few ideas to support you in timely and effective marking. I think the first thing to mention is that the feedback doesn’t have to be from us as teachers – if you can train your students to give effective feedback to each other, this can impact on your workload in a big way.
Like every other teacher, I go through phases. I have favourite plenaries and favourite sayings and favourite types of questions. These change regularly, but some things in my lessons are unchanging. I am a strong believer in pathways. It is unreasonable to expect every student in my class to follow the same pathway when each of them starts at such different points along it. Different obstacles will throw themselves up en route and each student will overcome these in differen