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Teacher humour

4 May



Love these posters fromĀ – I have these up in my classroom, the students love them.

You can go over to their website and create your own – teacher humour lives!

Student moodboards

18 Sep


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.



Descriptive and creative writing task using images

16 Sep


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.




Generic engaging and fun activities/tasks

7 Jan


In this free ebook from 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.


Fun prompts for discussion

21 Sep


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.



Feedback mark sheet

15 Sep


After research into Hattie’s literature on feedback and consultation with students and peers we devised a feedback form for use when students submit a piece of writing which states clearly what they’ve done well, what they need to improve on and how they can improve.

On the other side of the sheet are a generic set of criteria that should be aimed for in every written piece of work. If you print these off back to back and chop them in half then every time a student submits a piece of written work then you can mark effectively and rapidly. Also, the student is clear about how they can improve and the final section offers the opportunity for them to set a target.

As I’ve marked I’ve stapled the front sheet (copied in a bright colour for visibility) to the student’s work so they can see what they’ve done well immediately and so far it’s working well.

Please feel free to share and adapt and thanks to the working group who assisted in its development at Grimsby Institute.



Using cue cards for planning

5 Jun


This is a brilliant idea from Kaitlin at yourteachersaide to support class tasks and assessment of students by using small cue cards (3 x 5), see the suggestions below.

I particularly like the idea of using them to fairly question and select groups as this is usually an area of difficulty in class and should prevent those students that answer every question before anyone gets a chance.

Additionally, you could also note issues or good work on the cards to serve as reminders before you next see the students as its easy to forget things when you’re really busy and have a lot of students.

1. List one student’s name on each card. When it’s time to pick partners, shuffle the cards and quickly call out the pairs.

2. Use the name cards to call on students during a lesson. You will avoid calling on the same person all the time and the students will pay attention since they never know when their name will be called. No one is upset with you over who gets picked or who partners with whom.

3. Use the name cards to keep track of who has turned in an item or done a certain task. Go through the cards and ask each student. Those that say ‘no,’ place in a pile off to the side. Instant list!

4. Get the colored ones if you have multiple classes that you teach. Write one class of students on each color.

5. Write different, simple rewards on each card. When the whole class- or just each student earns a reward, let them choose a card from the stack to see what they’ve ‘won’.