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Differentiator online tool for writing objectives

22 May

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This useful online tool uses key phrases from Blooms Taxonomy to assist in producing differentiated objectives. Just select the word that fits what topic/subject/task you are covering then words from other categories and the tool creates a learning objective to use.

Click on the link below to try it.

Source: http://byrdseed.com/differentiator/

Resource bundle linked to the Red Cross

14 May

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This is a treasure trove of lessons from the Red Cross that covers current affairs and events to encourage and utilise higher order thinking skills including dilemmas. The tasks include speaking, listening, reading and writing and can be adapted for a variety of topics.

See on the link below for the list of lessons and all the resources and planning materials.

Source: http://www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/Teaching-resources/Lesson-plans
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Persuasive writing and discussions

7 May

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This is a nice frame for students to put some notes together for writing a persuasive piece of text or to support a discussion from http://www.worksheetplace.com

You can give the sheet to students to complete independently or chop it up into sections and give a section piece to each group member to work on. It supports the students to plan and will give them confidence to approach the task as they have created their own scaffolding.

Source: http://www.worksheetplace.com/index.php?function=DisplaySheet&sheet=pw9&links=2&id=&link1=43&link2=11

Simple online learning styles quiz

6 May

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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.

http://www.edutopia.org/multiple-intelligences-learning-styles-quiz

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Choice board extension tasks

28 Mar

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Make life a little easier for yourself when students finish tasks before others with this good idea from teachingwithsimplicity.com. Create a choice board that is colour coded for particular activities or subjects which allows the students to choose an additional activity for extension.

During the year if you spot ideas or resources for extension then keep them together to build an extension bank that students can access in the sessions and psychologically because they’re choosing what to do themselves they will see it more as a reward as opposed to punishment for finishing early.

Source: http://www.teachingwithsimplicity.com/2011/08/choice-board.html

Ideas for incorporating e-learning

27 Mar

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A great resource generator for educators which gives ideas on how to use e-learning in lessons for the start, middle and end. Just click on ready, steady, cook and ideas will appear, you can keep clicking to select new ideas. It’s up to you which you select but it’s a good start for embedding e-learning and makes use of the ILT available around you in the learning environment.

Just click on the link below.

http://www.chowbot.com/

Encouraging writing through fun

25 Mar

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This task really inspired the students to be acurate and creative in their writing and presentation by asking them to create games for children and alternatively adults suffering from memory loss. The task sheets are included below and all that’s needed are coloured pens, paper, scissors, glue, pencils, rulers, magazines and plenty of imagination. The teacher acts as a facilitator for this activity which asks students to follow instructions, accurately spell and organise their work then test it by trying to play the games they have made. We displayed them afterwards as posters as they were visually pleasing for a display.

Additional elements are teamworking, speaking and listening, reading and working independently. Adult students enjoyed producing games to stimulate those with memory loss by using photographs instead. The session is very stimulating for students and active ensuring that all learning styles are covered. Click on the links for the task sheets produced to support the session.

WORD BINGO
VERB GAME
PAIRS WORD GAME
MONTH GAME
COUNTDOWN WORD GAME
BOGGLE WORD GAME
CALENDAR GAME
ALPHABET MATCHING GAME TASKSHEET