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Starter of the week – Student reflection task

2 Jun


This is a good reflective starter and continuation exercise from Laura Candler’s brilliant site. Now we’re coming to the end of the year it’s a good time to get the students thinking about what they’ve done and to reflect on what they could do differently, also what they’ve learnt.

Just use the reflective prompts on the sheet to stimulate thought and discussion and then the students can feedback either verbally or by writing their answers (could be anonymously). This is a great tool for developing teaching and learning for the following year and offers an insight into what students really think! Remember to encourage them to be honest.

Last year I used a similar task and the best answers I made into a display for the new year to inform students about what they would be learning and what to expect in lessons.



Simple online learning styles quiz

6 May


A nice little online learning styles quiz from Edutopia that students can complete quickly with no log ins required. It takes about 5 minutes and then the results are calculated visually with a nice table for students to view and see what learning styles they are likely to favour based on Gardener’s multiple intelligences.

After the students have taken the quiz they can screen print their results onto a Word document for future reference and view descriptions of the categories and how they learn. Teachers and tutors could print these categories off and chop them up to give out to small groups afterwards for the groups to discuss and identify with. Additionally, the results can be recorded and used to inform future planning. Just click on the link below.


Mini self assessments

24 Apr


This sheet can be used to support students in identifying during sessions things that they are not sure of, need help with or are good at by writing either on the happy or sad face. The tutor can then look at what the student has put throughout the session and tailor any additional help that’s needed.

Print one sheet off per student and laminate. The student can then use dry wipe pens to put what they find good/bad about the topic without having to let the rest of the class know what they need help with. At the end of the session the student can review and see what they can now do, tutors could also put targets on there. After the session they can be wiped clean and reused again, a really simple tool to show that you’re individualising the learning and addressing learner needs throughout the session.



Starter of the week – Logo quiz

14 Apr


This interesting and eye catching set of quizzes ensure that students are onboard as soon as they come into the class as students are so brand aware. The quizzes can be displayed on the board in addition to giving them out on paper for students to work on in groups, pairs or individually. Students can feedback the answers either by coming up and putting them onto the board or by using mini dry wipe boards to stop them from shouting out. Every class that have carried out these quizzes have thoroughly enjoyed them and it encourages discussion on why they are so aware of brands such as media influence and celebrity endorsement.

The quizzes are below (one quiz is printed twice to cut up and save paper) along with the answers.




Look who’s reading task

13 Apr

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A nice task to get students thinking about the importance of reading and just who is reading, not just ‘boring’ people which is what some students think or are led to believe.

Use the task sheet below to get students to work individually or in pairs/groups to research and find images of people reading, if they’re famous then it has more impact, then ask students to make posters showing whoever they’ve found looking at books/reading. The posters can then be made into a display.

This task can be adapted for any topic such as look who’s writing, drawing, speaking etc. I’ve carried out this task with several classes and they all really enjoyed it, especially seeing their work on the walls.


Getting off to a good start for classes

12 Apr


This is an inspirational and exciting task to use at the start of the year or with new classes and I am going to try it myself as soon as I get the opportunity. It focuses on active learning to ensure that students are involved in the setting of ground rules in a flipped scenario.

Instead of telling the students what they can and can’t do, which often acts as a barrier to learning for some, just get big sheets of flip chart paper and coloured pens and ask them in small groups to write down suggestions as to what they’d like in you as a teacher/tutor and what they expect in lessons. This is a positive reinforcement task in which the tutor can review and ask students how they think they should behave and what the teacher/tutor would like to see in the class. Far more productive than starting the year by telling the students ‘do not do this’ and ‘make sure you do that’.

Make use of the work by combining it to make a big poster or it could be put into to create a word cloud that can be printed off.


Ice breaker – self portraits

10 Apr


This is a great icebreaker, starter or fun activity to break up a session that makes the students laugh and encourages discussion. The original idea is from: and is very simple to set up. Just place paper and coloured pens on tables and ask students to draw a self portrait of themselves, they need to do it discreetly so everyone else doesn’t see (it’s good fun if the tutor does it too). Once everyone has finished then you can collect the pictures in and display them so students can guess who it is or shuffle them and distribute them to other tables for them to guess.

An alternative to drawing themselves is to give the students the cards from the WHO AM I GAME game I posted earlier and ask the students to draw the famous people then the class have to guess. There are countless possibilities with this game and lots of fun.