Tag Archives: Active learning

Formats & features – poster task

9 Jan


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.


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Generic engaging and fun activities/tasks

7 Jan


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.


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Engaging maths starters and plenaries

6 Jan


A comprehensive list of brilliant and engaging starters/plenaries for maths that feature fun, ensuring that students are engaged throughout the activities (14-19 year olds). They cover all types of problem solving and can easily be adapted with a little bit of further imagination.

Thanks to http://www.suffolkmaths.co.uk for compiling the ideas from several sources, just click on the link below for access.

Source: http://bit.ly/KrM66b

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More inspiring starters for the new year

5 Jan


A great list of starters, recaps and useful ideas to use for plenaries that can be adapted to any topic or environment from http://www.sln.org.uk/geography. They all encourage immediate engagement and develop speaking and listening skills in students.

I hope you enjoy using them, just click on the link below.


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Interactive poster with resources

2 Oct


Thinglink is a brilliant tool for creating interactive posters and is very easy to use.  You just upload an image or create your own then insert tags with links to further information, videos and resources for students to use.  This resource would be so useful for teachers/tutors as extension or added information to incorporate differentiation as students can access information specifically liked to topics rather than finding it on the Internet.

Please click on the link http://bit.ly/1dW6iH4 to access resources for teaching and learning (made in twenty minutes).

Source: http://www.thinglink.com

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.


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Respect Questionnaire – Speaking and Listening activity

19 Sep


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.


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