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Differentiation deviser

6 May

HANDS

 

Fantastic Powerpoint from mikegershon@hotmail.com on TES resources which gives hundreds of ideas of how to differentiate – a great resource for any teacher.

DIFFERENTIATION DEVISER

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Effective Q & A poster

20 Sep

Q & A

A great poster from Rebecca Alber at http://www.eductopia.org to support teachers and students in effective questioning for assessment. This poster directs students to consider higher order thinking skills and moves beyond static questioning for assessment – a handy reference tool.

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Student moodboards

18 Sep

HEART TREE

This is a nice task that enables you to get to know your students and provides a lovely display for the classroom. It would be good to use this in the first few weeks of the new academic year and it can be carried out using traditional methods (pens, paper etc) or on a PC. We used the traditional method as we didn’t have access to PCs.

Students are asked to create a poster (moodboard) that represents them as a person. It is entirely open to interpretation but students relish the opportunity to express themselves through visual media and the finished products are great talking points. The activity also helps the class to get to know each other and what their interests are, it’s also a great opportunity for the teacher to produce one too.

MOODBOARD TASK

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Descriptive and creative writing task using images

16 Sep

DOORWAY TO HEAVEN

Another brilliant resource to get students using their imagination through a visual prompt.

Myself and Georgina Hooper collated images and chopped them up into packs so students had a choice of which image to select. Students were asked to select an image that appealed to them and then given the task sheet which directs them to write creatively and descriptively.

The results were amazing, with some great written pieces that could easily have been published as fiction. The students also enjoyed reading out their own stories to others which developed their speaking and listening skills.

Enjoy the task, the instructions and images are available below.

IMAGES FOR WRITING TASK 2

DESCRIPTIVE TEXT TASK IMAGE

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Top ten – descriptive and informative writing

13 Sep

NOTEBOOK 2

This task has a variety of uses and asks students to write down their top tens of listed items. It has been differentiated for my learners by giving word counts for the different levels. For those that have difficulties with writing or young students, images could be used instead.

I have found that the students enjoy this task as a starter, extension or fun break up task in between learning and they also enjoy discussing what they have selected.

Click on the link for access to this resource.

TOP TEN EXTENSION TASK

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Reading extension tasks

12 Jan

GIRL READING

Here’s a comprehensive list of activities that can be carried after students have read literature/books to test their reading skills and extend writing to provide information.

Thanks to http://education.illinois.edu/ for the resource, there’s lots to choose from and will ensure that students demonstrate their learning through a variety of tasks, just click on the link below.

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Projects for assessing combined English skills

11 Jan

WWW MAGNIFYING GLASS

These two tasks are mini projects that test the students combined reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Any subject material can be used, ours are from http://www.carelpress.com, but you could use newspaper or magazine articles instead as long as they are informative and relevant to the students.

Students are then asked to work independently to read the text, answer a set of questions then discuss the topic with others. There are short written tasks included such as creating informative posters or producing a piece of creative writing (just click on the links below).

I’ve found that the students like these tasks as they are linked and it allows them to learn new things without being taught in a didactic method. They can also research further when creating posters and new pieces of text.

HAPPINESS SURVEY POSTERS
ALRIGHT – HAPPINESS SURVEY TASK TM
ALRIGHT – HAPPINESS SURVEY ANSWERS TM
A WORRIED NATION POSTER
A WORRIED NATION TASK TM
A WORRIED NATION TASK ANSWERS TM