Tag Archives: Critical thinking

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

Projects for assessing combined English skills

11 Jan

WWW MAGNIFYING GLASS

These two tasks are mini projects that test the students combined reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Any subject material can be used, ours are from http://www.carelpress.com, but you could use newspaper or magazine articles instead as long as they are informative and relevant to the students.

Students are then asked to work independently to read the text, answer a set of questions then discuss the topic with others. There are short written tasks included such as creating informative posters or producing a piece of creative writing (just click on the links below).

I’ve found that the students like these tasks as they are linked and it allows them to learn new things without being taught in a didactic method. They can also research further when creating posters and new pieces of text.

HAPPINESS SURVEY POSTERS
ALRIGHT – HAPPINESS SURVEY TASK TM
ALRIGHT – HAPPINESS SURVEY ANSWERS TM
A WORRIED NATION POSTER
A WORRIED NATION TASK TM
A WORRIED NATION TASK ANSWERS TM

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

Inclusion poster

15 Aug

image

An informative set of resources showing what inclusion is from the Tes Blog.  You could use the poster/Powerpoint as a point for discussion and ask students what they think the points mean and if they are valid or get the students to make a poster stating what inclusion means to them and display it somewhere prominently in the classroom.

WHAT IS INCLUSION POSTER

Source: http://bit.ly/14WvnMO

A good week lesson resources

11 Aug

A GOOD WEEK LIGHTBULB

Fabulous resources from http://www.agoodweek.com related to inspiring students to engage with others and make a positive difference through a variety of activities. One activity is to write ideas on the cards (image above) and could be used at the end of a session to show what students have learnt then challenge them further to add what impact it will have. There are many more resources to encourage students to think further about what they do and how they can drive change, please take a look.

The ethos of ‘a good week’ is taken from their website (below):

A Good Week is a global celebration of all the Good that happens in the world.
The world will come together to shine a spotlight on the people, communities and businesses making the world a healthier and happier place. We’ll be encouraging people to think about how they can improve their lives and, with partner organisations, support them to access opportunities to make their ideas happen.

A GOOD DAY AT SCHOOL RESOURCES

Source: http://www.agoodweek.com/resources/

Mini self assessment for critical thinking

5 Aug

GUIDELINES FOR CRITICAL THINKING

This is a great mini self assessment from Jennifer Jones for the students to determine if they are thinking critically and also gives them some pointers to prompt critical thinking.

Students can refer to the rubric to score themselves on what they have done but an additional use for this resource is as a evaluatory writing prompt to prompt creative and informative pieces based on tasks carried out.

Source: http://helloliteracy.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/informational-text-unit.html

Taxonomy poster for students

3 Aug

VISUAL TAXONOMY POSTER

A really useful poster or desk mat for students to refer to when thinking more deeply for writing or discussions. The text acts as a prompt instead of students asking for ideas of what to say and promotes independent thinking.

Source: http://classroomcollective.tumblr.com/