Tag Archives: best practices in teaching

Differentiation deviser

6 May



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



Effective Q & A poster

20 Sep

Q & A

A great poster from Rebecca Alber at http://www.eductopia.org to support teachers and students in effective questioning for assessment. This poster directs students to consider higher order thinking skills and moves beyond static questioning for assessment – a handy reference tool.

Source: http://bit.ly/1tLSVQE

Student moodboards

18 Sep


This is a nice task that enables you to get to know your students and provides a lovely display for the classroom. It would be good to use this in the first few weeks of the new academic year and it can be carried out using traditional methods (pens, paper etc) or on a PC. We used the traditional method as we didn’t have access to PCs.

Students are asked to create a poster (moodboard) that represents them as a person. It is entirely open to interpretation but students relish the opportunity to express themselves through visual media and the finished products are great talking points. The activity also helps the class to get to know each other and what their interests are, it’s also a great opportunity for the teacher to produce one too.


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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