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Generic engaging and fun activities/tasks

7 Jan

ANTS TEAMWORK

In this free ebook from http://www.behaviourneeds.com there are an abundance of tasks and activities that encourage students to work collaboratively in order to develop employment skills such as teamwork and professionalism.

There are starters, extension tasks and energisers for when the learning has dulled and the activities can be adapted for any age group or context. Please click on the link below to access the ebook and scroll through the first few pages.

http://bit.ly/1dFdEzH

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Interactive poster with resources

2 Oct

TEACHING & LEARNING RESOURCES

Thinglink is a brilliant tool for creating interactive posters and is very easy to use.  You just upload an image or create your own then insert tags with links to further information, videos and resources for students to use.  This resource would be so useful for teachers/tutors as extension or added information to incorporate differentiation as students can access information specifically liked to topics rather than finding it on the Internet.

Please click on the link http://bit.ly/1dW6iH4 to access resources for teaching and learning (made in twenty minutes).

Source: http://www.thinglink.com

Fun prompts for discussion

21 Sep

MULTI COLOURED CHATS

I’m not entirely sure of the source of this activity but it is a fun discussion or writing activity for individuals/small groups perhaps as a starter or for reluctant workers. It asks strange questions such as ‘what would happen if it always snows?’ and gets students into working through thought and interpretation of the questions.

The questions can be used as a Powerpoint or printed and given out to groups for feedback to the class. I’m definitely going to try this myself and I’ll feedback the results.

FUN PROMPTS FOR DISCUSSION

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Dictionary tasks

20 Sep

DICTIONARY SKILLS

Students very rarely want to open a dictionary on their desk so this small activity from Katy Hall and Georgina Hooper encourages students to have a go based on whatever activity, topic or subject that they are currently studying.

You can adapt the words to what’s currently being studied and students can research independently or in pairs using a paper dictionary or web based dictionary. Students can then discuss their findings and evaluate the difficulty of the task as finding things alphabetically is an essential employment skill.

DICTIONARY THESAURUS MINI TASK KS GH

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Respect Questionnaire – Speaking and Listening activity

19 Sep

BOYS SPEAKING

This activity encourages reflection and evaluation of how others and students communicate both positively and negatively. I particularly like this activity because it poses a series of questions with no right or wrong answers about feeling valued during communication and offers insights into how students present themselves making them think a little deeper.

There are various ways to set the questions: you can display them on the board and ask students to discuss in small groups and then feedback, display them on the board and ask for any contribution or chop up the questions and give them out for discussion after they’ve been deliberated upon. The activity tests teamworking and communication skills and also supports appropriate communication in valid situations.

RESPECT QUESTIONNAIRE TM

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Mini reading task – Infographic on gadget ownership

18 Sep

GADGET INFOGRAPH READING ENTRY TM

This infograph from Comet on gadget ownership has been adapted for my students to test their reading skills at Entry Level.  Often Entry Level students find it difficult to concentrate on chunks of text so infographics offer a fantastic alternative and always grabs attention.

Students can start by discussing what gadgets they own and compare it to the tutor/teacher or they can discuss it at the end.  The versatility of this resource means that there’s discussion, reading, writing and the opportunity for the class to carry out their own research into ownership then present their findings in a visual format.

Just download the questions and answers below and thanks to Comet for the resource.

ENTRY INFOGRAPHIC READING QUESTIONS TM

ENTRY INFOGRAPHIC READING ANSWERS TM

Reading – Extension task

17 Sep

READING BEE

This small group reading task is a nice little extension activity to see if students can follow instructions and directions. It’s a map and a list of facilities and where they’re located to test student comprehension and team work for correct identification.

I’ve laminated the blank plan so the students can use dry wipe pens to identify areas and not get mad if they’ve made a mistake as it’s easily rubbed off. It also encourages discussion as the instructions aren’t entirely clear. Thanks to Jackie Hutchinson for this resource, the answers are also included.

READING FOR INFORMATION SPORTS HALL JH

READING FOR INFORMATION SPORTS HALL ANSWERS JH

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