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Differentiation deviser

6 May



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



Key English terms

16 Sep


Here’s a useful resource for students that can be adapted for whatever specialist subject/topic they are studying to assist in remembering key terms, words and phrases to include spellings.

For this sample I have included English terms courtesy of Georgina Hooper from Grimsby Institute which supports students to learn the terms used in the Functional English curriculum and exam papers.

Please feel free to adapt and share, tailoring it to your own curriculum. It really works as students have a reference instead of asking the tutor/teacher first and encourages independence.


Free text summariser

14 Aug


A useful little tool for summarising large chunks of text and may be handy for creating reading texts at varying levels using the same piece of text.

All you need to do is copy and paste the text into the blank text box then select how many sentences you would like it reduced to and click on the ‘summarize now’ button.  The text will them appear below in the selected amount of sentences in a condensed form which you can cut and paste onto your documents/resources.   I’m going to use this for reading handouts to accompany research projects at different levels.


Free font to support Dyslexic students

9 Aug


Help yourself to free fonts for supporting Dyslexic students when designing resources. Below is information from the site, just download and use for free.

OpenDyslexic is a new open sourced font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. The typeface includes regular, bold, italic, and bold-italic styles, and 2 typefaces: OpenDyslexic, and OpenDyslexic-Alta. There are no restrictions on using OpenDyslexic outside of attribution. For attribution, a simple mention of the URL, and linkback where applicable is sufficient. For example: This is to assist in others being able to find and download it.

OpenDyslexic is created to help with some of the symptoms of dyslexia. Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to indicate direction. You are able to quickly figure out which part of the letter is down which aids in recognizing the correct letter, and sometimes helps to keep your brain from rotating them around. Consistently weighted bottoms can also help reinforce the line of text. The unique shapes of each letter can help prevent confusion through flipping and swapping.


The 5 minute lesson plan

17 Jul


If you haven’t heard of the 5 minute lesson plan from teachertoolkit that all educators are raging about then you must give it a try. It’s refreshing to clear the decks and plan using simple terms and really gets you to focus on what’s important during the lesson. I particularly like the simple format and focus on learning as opposed to teaching with the bonus being that it should only take 5 minutes to complete.

Click on the links below to access the resources and read more about its Ofsted recognition.

#Ofsted recognition of The #5MinPlan.

No 7. Create a Curriculum Wheel

15 Jun

A good idea to ensure that students have a visual representation of what they will be doing during the year and when. I usually provide the students with a list of everything being covered but I can see that this is a much better idea and is visually appealing.

Classrooms and Staffrooms

Curriculum Wheels

I had noticed these being used by other schools and decided to create my own for the Humanities Faculty at my school. They are a great way to visually and quickly see what topics are being taught and when by different subjects and departments. They are a useful way to show long term planning, and this is particularly useful as this is required for ISI inspections! They can be used within a department to compare the topics taught at Key Stage 3 from Year 7 to 9 for example, as well as across departments and different key stages. They could be displayed on your school’s website for parents and pupils to see what their programme of study will be for each academic year. The beauty is in their simplicity.


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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’.