Tag Archives: aims and objectives

Ideas for assessing prior knowledge

6 Aug



This poster is a good place to start if you want to assess the prior knowledge of students from Mia MacMeekin. There are 27 ideas of tasks/activities to get the students thinking straight away about what they do/do not know and provides the teacher with a chance to speedily assess the class.

Click on the link below to view the poster.

Source: http://anethicalisland.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/events-in-instruction-event-3/

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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Differentiator online tool for writing objectives

22 May


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/

Learning theories infographic

18 Mar


Please take time to click on the image and view a fabulous infographic on learning theories and how they relate to teaching and learning. This is a particularly good revision and reminder resource for teaching professionals.

Critical Thinking Skills

11 Mar

This handy table assists in writing objectives that encourage students to reflect, evaluate and think critically.  A useful poster in getting students to develop independent learning skills and prepare them for higher level study.  It’s also a good tool for introducing higher level writing terminology used in achievement criterion.

Critical Thinking Skills


Bloom’s taxonomy for planning

11 Mar

A helpful poster for the board above your desk to assist in writing aims and objectives when planning.  What’s particularly good about this taxonomy is that it includes learner outcomes.  Happy planning With this brilliant time saver.