Tag: Co-operative Learning

#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

Reciprocal Teaching

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


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.


Revision Stations

If you’re anything like me you will go on Pintrest and ‘pin’ loads of amazing lesson ideas, that you will get round to doing one day and never actually getting round to following your oh so excellent intentions through.

Well as part of my “use less PowerPoint” resolution, I decided this week to try out one of my most popular “repins”. I get notifications at least once a day telling me someone has re-pinned this particular post on revision stations. Original Pin

I typed up some of the techniques on a word document, printed and laminated them. I decided to just use four of the ideas as I have a smallish National 4/5 class. The four stations I had were Paper Chains, Bunting, Write your own Exam Questions and Gimme 5 and gave my pupils 20 minutes at each station. Each with varying success.

Paper Chains

The pupils seemed to enjoy this task, however they started to struggle to find links between words if someone put a difficult concept on they reached a dead end as they couldn’t add anymore. My solution; to not make it a continual line, instead having links coming off words in the middle and throughout the chain.


I gave pupils a list of tasks, these varied from writing out sources to exam style questions. Again the pupils seem to engage with it, however the ever long issue you get with giving pupils a task and a pot of felt tip pens is they spend 90% of their time writing a wonderful title and either run out of time or space on their paper to write anything on it. I did have to give some pupils time at the end to finish their triangles off. The only thing i will need to do is make sure the pupils have time to read each others pieces of work so that they are learning from each other.

 Gimme 5

I think I needed to be clearer on the instructions here, making sure pupils are writing 5 facts on the fingers on their hand outlines rather than around the hands, as I was going to cut them out and stick them up but cant really do that with the pupils work written all over the paper. The other issue I had was as the third and fourth group got to this station they had run out of facts because the groups before had written a lot of detail. I do think it is good for thinking of 5
separate points, good for exam prep.
Exam Question
I didn’t take a picture of this station as compared to the others it was probably the least aesthetically pleasing, but i would say the most worthwhile. It helps pupils to think about how they would formulate an answer but without actually having to write it out. (Using their HOTS, if you will) The pupils who were at National 4 level struggled with this task, and some marking schemes are better than others, but I did get a whole range of questions i could use in class for another revision session.

I have included a copy of my Revision Station cards that I created Revision Stations and will add more blog posts and ideas as I work through them in class.

Co-Operative Learning

Recently we watched a few documentaries on the Life of Mohammed in National 5 RMPS. These were packed full of information that we decided we would like to share our learning.

We started with one big piece of paper and gathered round a large desk.

We then each took a different coloured pen and started writing, we then moved around the room adding more ideas around the paper, commenting on others ideas, expanding on points and learning until the whole paper was a colourful rainbow of knowledge.

We used this information to summarise our learning on Mohammed (pbuh) and complete some source questions on it.