Tag Archives: Learning styles

Mini self assessments

24 Apr

GIRL HOLDING PENCIL

This sheet can be used to support students in identifying during sessions things that they are not sure of, need help with or are good at by writing either on the happy or sad face. The tutor can then look at what the student has put throughout the session and tailor any additional help that’s needed.

Print one sheet off per student and laminate. The student can then use dry wipe pens to put what they find good/bad about the topic without having to let the rest of the class know what they need help with. At the end of the session the student can review and see what they can now do, tutors could also put targets on there. After the session they can be wiped clean and reused again, a really simple tool to show that you’re individualising the learning and addressing learner needs throughout the session.

SMILEYS FOR ASSESSMENT

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Support tasks for student writing CVs and letters

11 Apr

CV WORDS EMPLOYERS LIKE

Words employers prefer to see in CVs and letters are listed here.

CV WORDS EMPLOYERS DO NOT LIKE

Words employers prefer not to see in CVs and letters are listed above.

As an English Tutor I teach CV and cover letter writing every year as a skill to improve employment chances.  These word clouds would be brilliant to provide scaffolding for students who struggle to write sentences about themselves and indicate what key words employers are looking for when selecting candidates for interviews.  The words are a result of Eric Hilden’s research with the larger the word indicating the frequency of employers mentioning it so you can see the common patterns for what employers do and do not want.

I have also included a promt sheet to assist students with starting sentences as a blank sheet is sometimes difficult for students to start with.

PERSONAL STATEMENT STARTERS

Source: http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/cv/actionverbs.htm

Source: http://www.saddleback.edu/jobs/documents/2010OrangeCountyResumeSurveyfullpresentation.pdf

Games – free printable templates

2 Apr

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Now I’m a big fan of making games to adapt and encourage learning so I was pleased to come across this site where you can download and print blank game boards off to adapt for your subject. You just print them off in sections and then stick them together to make a bigger board.

The link below takes you to the site and if you scroll down there is Monopoly, chequers, ludo, snakes and ladders plus many more.

http://www.squidoo.com/board-game-templates

Games – Pictionary for verbal/written communication

31 Mar

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I’ve yet to find a student that doesn’t like this activity and it’s a regular feature in my sessions. It tests the students speaking and listening skills, teamwork and written communication.

The activity can either be done on the board or in small groups with flip chart paper. A student takes a card and then draws it and the other team members have to guess what it is. The students can take it in turns or the student who guesses it correctly gets another go.

When playing this as a large group I gave the students mini boards to put their answers on and hold up to reduce shouting out as it gets very lively and competitive. There’s a link to some words below to get you started, just cut them up and put them in an envelope. I’ve also asked students to add words for the next class to build the word bank up so now we have lots of words to draw, enjoy!

PICTIONARY WORDS

Games – Functional English revision

30 Mar

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A quick revision game for English that includes question cards and questions on the board.  This simple game was well received and was used prior to an exam as a reminder of key concepts that students usually forget.  The game can be adapted for any topic or level.

BOARD GAME QUESTIONS

Encouraging writing through fun

25 Mar

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This task really inspired the students to be acurate and creative in their writing and presentation by asking them to create games for children and alternatively adults suffering from memory loss. The task sheets are included below and all that’s needed are coloured pens, paper, scissors, glue, pencils, rulers, magazines and plenty of imagination. The teacher acts as a facilitator for this activity which asks students to follow instructions, accurately spell and organise their work then test it by trying to play the games they have made. We displayed them afterwards as posters as they were visually pleasing for a display.

Additional elements are teamworking, speaking and listening, reading and working independently. Adult students enjoyed producing games to stimulate those with memory loss by using photographs instead. The session is very stimulating for students and active ensuring that all learning styles are covered. Click on the links for the task sheets produced to support the session.

WORD BINGO
VERB GAME
PAIRS WORD GAME
MONTH GAME
COUNTDOWN WORD GAME
BOGGLE WORD GAME
CALENDAR GAME
ALPHABET MATCHING GAME TASKSHEET

Free online course – Emotional Intelligence

19 Mar

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Interesting online reading in units from The Annenberger Foundation relating to emotions in learners and how it affects learning based on psychological research. Included in the units are strategies for dealing with barriers to learning and further reading to inform practice.

Insights drawn from neuroscience not only provide educators with a scientific basis for understanding some of the best practices in teaching, but also offer a new lens through which to look at the problems teachers grapple with every day. By gaining insights into how the brain works, and how students actually learn, teachers will be able to create their own solutions to the classroom challenges they face and improve their practice. Just click on the units tab on the left hand side of the website main image.

http://www.learner.org/courses/neuroscience/text/text.html?dis=U&num=00&sec=01

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