Tag Archives: best practices in teaching

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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Key English terms

16 Sep


Here’s a useful resource for students that can be adapted for whatever specialist subject/topic they are studying to assist in remembering key terms, words and phrases to include spellings.

For this sample I have included English terms courtesy of Georgina Hooper from Grimsby Institute which supports students to learn the terms used in the Functional English curriculum and exam papers.

Please feel free to adapt and share, tailoring it to your own curriculum. It really works as students have a reference instead of asking the tutor/teacher first and encourages independence.


Feedback mark sheet

15 Sep


After research into Hattie’s literature on feedback and consultation with students and peers we devised a feedback form for use when students submit a piece of writing which states clearly what they’ve done well, what they need to improve on and how they can improve.

On the other side of the sheet are a generic set of criteria that should be aimed for in every written piece of work. If you print these off back to back and chop them in half then every time a student submits a piece of written work then you can mark effectively and rapidly. Also, the student is clear about how they can improve and the final section offers the opportunity for them to set a target.

As I’ve marked I’ve stapled the front sheet (copied in a bright colour for visibility) to the student’s work so they can see what they’ve done well immediately and so far it’s working well.

Please feel free to share and adapt and thanks to the working group who assisted in its development at Grimsby Institute.


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Making feedback count

18 Aug


A good rubric to support giving feedback and ensure that the students are taking ownership of feedback and carrying out required actions from headguruteacher.

It’s easy to become complacent when giving feedback if you have a lot to give and students can see it as a limiting activity so with this guide you can embrace the process and ensure that the students and their work continues to develop on an ongoing basis.

Source: http://headguruteacher.com/2012/11/10/mak-feedback-count-close-the-gap/

Free text summariser

14 Aug


A useful little tool for summarising large chunks of text and may be handy for creating reading texts at varying levels using the same piece of text.

All you need to do is copy and paste the text into the blank text box then select how many sentences you would like it reduced to and click on the ‘summarize now’ button.  The text will them appear below in the selected amount of sentences in a condensed form which you can cut and paste onto your documents/resources.   I’m going to use this for reading handouts to accompany research projects at different levels.

Source: http://freesummarizer.com/

Ice breaker – Who I am

13 Aug


I like the idea of using this sheet to get the students thinking about themselves and letting others know what they are interested in. It also gives the teacher an insight into the student when they’re new to the class.  You could get the students to swap their completed sheets and see if they can guess who filled them in; useful for getting to know you.

On the link below there are blank outline sheets for teachers to put their own questions in and also this could be used for research prompts for topics/subjects instead of just getting students to make linear notes.

Source: http://firstday.wikispaces.com/General

Research frames for non fiction texts

12 Aug


This is a brilliant supportive tool for students to use from englishteachingtoolbox when looking for information from non fiction texts as it offers a variety of ways to record information. It could be displayed as a poster or cut up for students to select which method they prefer and acts to promote independent reading and research.

Source: http://englishteachingtoolbox.tumblr.com/post/27188501818/responding-to-non-fiction-pinterest-post