Category: Learning and Teaching

Revision Wall

Revision Wall

I am not even a little bit ashamed to admit how excited I am about my Revision Wall. Complete with Fairy Lights.

On it I have some revision posters, model answers and revision guides. I also in a drawer underneath I have marking schemes of past paper questions to help pupils with creating revision mind maps and notes.

Here’s the posters below, feel free to use.

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Expectations Wall Display – Free Printable

Expectations Wall Display – Free Printable

I have recently tried to jazz up my wall a bit with a new expectations wall display.

After discussions with pupils about what was expected of Everyone, Pupils and the Teacher. I summarised the classes thoughts into this wall display. I created it using Canva which is my go to site for all posters and images!

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Feel free to print, adapt or use!

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#PedagooFriday Reciprocal Teaching

#PedagooFriday Reciprocal Teaching

Recently two colleagues taught me all about Reciprocal Teaching as a way of encouraging literacy in the classroom.

Each member of a group is given a different role, Predictor, Clarifier, Summariser or Questioner. All group members are given a piece of text to read, with each of them looking at a different role within this, it means that when they go to discuss the piece of text, they all have different ideas and perspectives to bring to it and it structures the activity much better.

Not only does this encourage literacy, it also encourages group work and makes each member accountable.

I have created some worksheets that will aid each member with their role and tasks to structure their reading.

You can download them here. Free Printables- Reciprocal Reading

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Well done to Ben and Annjanette for noticing my incorrect spelling of two! You have passed my secret literacy test! #autocorrectproblems

Read More Here: http://www.readingrockets.org/strategies/reciprocal_teaching

Skills Posters – Free Printables!

Skills Posters – Free Printables!

I used an unexpected day off yesterday (Our Fire Alarms were broken) to create some posters for my classroom.

Sharing is caring and all that so have uploaded them below. Would be good to know if they are useful to you. Feedback would be appreciated too. Obviously some of them have our school logo or name on them but can provide blank copies if you wish.

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Glow- 1 Year Review

This time last year, I wrote a post all about how actually on reflection Glow is fantastic and I will be using it more. I do use it most days, but mostly for the OneDrive storage space.

However

I have trained my colleague as well as our National 5 and Higher RMPS class on how to use OneNote. Last year I got really annoyed at having to constantly print, reprint, re photocopy notes, that were never read. This year all our course notes are going on One Note, which is like a collaborative notebook. Each person can work together, have their own space and access the notes that are uneditable until they are copied into their own ‘space’. As there are two teachers teaching the course this is a brilliant tool as we can both update, upload and observe the pupils work.

This is at least a start in the Glow journey. More importantly I have managed to work out how to change and access pupils passwords, this is the most handiest tool.

There is a great RMPS community on Glow, that engages in professional dialogue, the sharing of resources and ideas. Admittedly it is not the most accessible website in the world, and takes a bit of searching to find the right bit, but once your there it is really good. There are probably a million and other things that Glow can do, but we’ll do baby steps at the moment.

 

 

 

Co-Operative Learning

Following a colleagues excellent twilight session following her attendance at the Co-Operative Learning Academy. The RMPS department has made a commitment to embedding co-op learning into our curriculum.

We have introduced the idea of co-operative learning to the class and we have talked about   what makes an effective team. Using a clip from the Avengers as a stimulus.

Groups were asked to come up with a team name that reflects their interests and skills, and because it is RMPS, we asked groups to create their own religion, with special customs, traditions and rituals. This will form their identity for the year. A personal favourite was the “Calf-Licks”- a group that worships cows…

There will be occasions where we will mix up the groups, or do different tasks with others. But on a whole the groups they are in are the groups they will be working with for the rest of the year.

We will continue to reflect, review and assess the impact that co-op learning is having in RMPS.

 

StoryTelling Dice

If you are anything like me you will walk around shops a bit like a teaching magpie thinking, ooh that will come in handy at some point in my teaching career. I’ll buy it!

Then you end up with a drawer full of rainy day activities and stuff that you one day aim to use in your lessons, sometimes your not quite sure how.

This is how I came about buying some “Storytelling Dice” from Tiger. Tiger is a weird and wonderful shop full of inspiration for lessons, I have got some wonderful things from here over the years.

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I bought these dice and left them in my drawer not quite working out how or when I was going to use them. Then the other day it hit me. We had been learning about creation stories for a while with S1 pupils, we had looked at Inuit, Egyptian, Dreamtime, Adam and Eve, Big Bang Theory, Ancient Celts. As the S1 progressed through the topic we were constantly engaging in discussions comparing and contrasting the different stories and analysing what they mean.

The S1 class have now become an S2 class but I felt we still had a lot to cover with this topic and use our skills so what I did was I had the pupils in their home groups. (There will be an upcoming post on Co-Operative Learning) and gave each home group one of the dice, I had 7 home groups and 6 of the storytelling dice, however I do also have a ‘blank’ dice, the you can write on it whiteboard marker. I therefore got 6 pupils to name 6 random objects. Wah Lah! 7 Story telling dice. (This was a present from my like-minded magpie mother, I think she also got it in Tiger)

The groups had to roll the dice, write down the picture they saw and pass it on. One thing i did notice was some groups were rolling the same image, but saw different things. E.g. One of the images was an open book, some said it was a book but another group got the same image and said it was a bible. Again this all builds into our learning about how many people can interpret the same thing or story in a multitude of ways!

The pupils have now been tasked with creating a video using their 7 items with the focus being Creation! Some have chosen creation of one thing, others have chosen creation of the world and universe. They stories all sound weird and wonderful and it’s brilliant to tap into our young peoples imagination and creativity before they ‘grow up’ and lose it.

Will post an update of some videos once they are created.

 

Literacy Packs

The first new thing I’m wanting to try out this term is Literacy Packs.

I have created a pack of help guides and sheets for each of my 7 different groups and popped them in a clear zip folder. These are a collation of different guides if collected from Pinterest, TES, Doodle.ed amongst others. I am hoping that by having these sheets readily available on the table that will cut out the shyness of some pupils who may require help. There are many sheets in there that I will refer to during the course of the year and others will be there for pupils to use at their own leisure. I have laminated the ones I think will be most used.

Here’s a list of the sheets I included.

Contents

  1. Question Grid – To help come up with good questions about a unit or topic.
  2. Character Traits- Words to help when describing someone.
  3. Literacy Moods- Words to help describe moods.
  4. Would you Rather- Conversation starters
  5. Say Something- Prompts to help you when discussing or describing something.
  6. Discussion Stems- Prompts to help you have good conversations.
  7. Meaningful Conversations- Prompts to help with your discussions.
  8. Stop Saying “You are so Smart” – Ideas to help you when giving feedback.
  9. What can I say to Myself?- Ideas to help when self assessing.
  10. Multiplication Chart- Help with Times Tables.
  11. My Goals- Plan to help you with setting goals and action plans.
  12. Team Talk Cards- Conversation starters for your Home Group.
  13. Working Together Skills- Help sheet to identify how different social skills work.
  14. Parts of a Paragraph- Help with structuring a paragraph.
  15. Persuasive Writing- Words and prompts to help you write a persuasive piece of writing.
  16. Persuasive Writing Template– a template to use to help you structure your arguments.
  17. Co-Operative Self Evaluation- Help sheet to self-evaluate yourself.
  18. Team Project Evaluation- Completed by each individual in the group at the end of a group task.
  19. 3 B4 Me- Help sheets full of top tips of where to go for help if you are stuck.
  20. Literacy Mats- Laminated mats to help you with punctuation, spelling, grammar, paragraph, structure, sentences, Reciprocal Reading, School Skills.
  21. Solo Taxonomy- Sheet detailing the different stages of SOLO taxonomy and how to progress to the next stage.
  22. Building an Argument- Help with structuring an argument.
  23. Oreo Opinions- Help with giving an answer and justifying it.
  24. SMART Goal Map- Help with making a target for yourself.
  25. Blob Tree- Help with Self Evaluation, which blob are you?
  26. Review My Own Learning- Hi 5 Self Evaluation
  27. Weekly Learning Reflection- Weekly learning log to complete.

In order to get pupils to engage and feel comfortable with the contents of the pack, their first challenge as a group was to go through the pack and as a group decide what sheet they think is the most helpful to them. This way they are having to look as a group as everything in the pack. It was interesting to see how some pupils valued the use of target setting, others it was paragraph or argument structure and others it was spelling help sheets.

I will review this in a later blog post to see if the sheets are being used.

Plickers

I am obsessed with Plickers at the moment!

Every so often I come across a free teaching resource i am always excited to try out, recently this has been Plickers. I first saw an advert for it on Facebook, and one day i finally got round to reading more about it and haven’t looked back since.

Plickers is an interactive answering system, where pupils are each given a small card with a shape on it (kind of like a QR code) the card is unique to each pupil and on it has the letters a,b,c and d. What you as a teacher does is create in advance, or on the spot, some questions. On the website you display them on the screen and then the pupil puts the answer they think it is facing up. You then have an app on your phone or tablet you use to scan the room, the answers are instantaneously on the board in a graph form! (you can so pupils individual answers on the big screen, but i feel that defeats the purpose).

This is basically like having show me boards, but it takes away all the kids copying each other or laughing at the kid that put the wrong answer up. It can be used to check understanding but also, I have put it up midway through a lesson to see how pupils are understanding the task so i can target support. It can be used as a starter, a plenary a mid way point.

You only need one class set as one number can be given to several pupils in different classes. I am going on a trip to Ikea next week to stock up classroom supplies and one of the things I am going to get is a back of the door shoe storage holder to store my Plickers cards. This way pupils can get in the habit of picking up their Plickers card on the way in the room, in case we want to use them that period.

This blog post does not do the resources justice, i feel it will revolutionize my teaching practice. Watch some Youtube Video‘s or go on the website  and try it for yourself!

As I told my pupils and colleagues and husband (who reluctantly had to listen to me go on about it!) The Future Is NOW!