Archive | Teamwork RSS feed for this section

Big Brother discussion task

3 May

SPEECH BUBBLES

This activity from Carrie on http://www.skillsworkshop.org really gets the students talking especially if the teacher provides a sheet of people that are diverse and challenge stereotypes.

The students have to decide who they would like in the Big Brother house and then have to justify who goes in and who doesn’t.

This features speaking and listening, reading, writing and persuasion.

BIG BROTHER DISCUSSION TASK

Image:http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/

Reading for information – skimming & scanning

10 Jan

READING UNDER A BULB TREE

The purpose of these activities is to get the students to speed up their reading in preparation for final exams and the world of work where time is short.

To start with students are independently asked to look at an article – this can be any article (we used a newspaper article on bullying) and used the task sheet (link below – laminate for future use) to make notes on keywords and overall information in the text. The students then compare what they have found and see if they have come to the same conclusion through discussion in small groups.

After the students have done a few of these article reviews (I asked them to look at 4 different articles separately) they can then move onto reviewing several articles on the same theme and consolidate the information into a few paragraphs on flipchart paper as a group. Students then find it far easier to take notes and summarise texts after this session without feeling the need to write everything down – a good session for at the start of the year.

TEXT REVIEW SUPPORT HANDOUT

Image: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Formats & features – poster task

9 Jan

MAN WITH MAGNIFYING GLASS

This is a good task to get students to understand the importance of layout and what information to include in a poster so that it provides information to the reader and is fit for purpose.

Split students into small groups (ideally 4) and provide each one with a different coloured pen so that you can see who is working and who needs support/prompting.

Provide the students with a variety of posters (at least 3) that they see daily around the school/college/university – these can have a theme or be random posters that are supposed to attract the students (we used equality and diversity posters for this task).

In their groups ask the students to analyse the posters using the prompts (link below) and get them to write their answers on flip chart paper then feedback their findings to the class at the end.

It’s surprising what students identify with and what mistakes designers make when trying to get the attention of the public. The student results are then used as a base for them to produce a poster on a chosen topic without making the same mistakes. I’ve found this method to be very effective as opposed to asking students to design a poster straight away as the quality and appropriateness is far superior after carrying out this activity.

POSTER EVALUATION PROMPTS

Image: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

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

Image: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

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

Image: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

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

Image: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

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