Tag Archives: Motivation

Simple online learning styles quiz

6 May


A nice little online learning styles quiz from Edutopia that students can complete quickly with no log ins required. It takes about 5 minutes and then the results are calculated visually with a nice table for students to view and see what learning styles they are likely to favour based on Gardener’s multiple intelligences.

After the students have taken the quiz they can screen print their results onto a Word document for future reference and view descriptions of the categories and how they learn. Teachers and tutors could print these categories off and chop them up to give out to small groups afterwards for the groups to discuss and identify with. Additionally, the results can be recorded and used to inform future planning. Just click on the link below.


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Starter of the week – Logo quiz

14 Apr


This interesting and eye catching set of quizzes ensure that students are onboard as soon as they come into the class as students are so brand aware. The quizzes can be displayed on the board in addition to giving them out on paper for students to work on in groups, pairs or individually. Students can feedback the answers either by coming up and putting them onto the board or by using mini dry wipe boards to stop them from shouting out. Every class that have carried out these quizzes have thoroughly enjoyed them and it encourages discussion on why they are so aware of brands such as media influence and celebrity endorsement.

The quizzes are below (one quiz is printed twice to cut up and save paper) along with the answers.


Source: http://robcubbon.com/freelance-graphic-designers-picture-quiz-4-%E2%80%93-spot-the-logo/

Source: http://logoblink.com/brand-alphabet/

Getting off to a good start for classes

12 Apr


This is an inspirational and exciting task to use at the start of the year or with new classes and I am going to try it myself as soon as I get the opportunity. It focuses on active learning to ensure that students are involved in the setting of ground rules in a flipped scenario.

Instead of telling the students what they can and can’t do, which often acts as a barrier to learning for some, just get big sheets of flip chart paper and coloured pens and ask them in small groups to write down suggestions as to what they’d like in you as a teacher/tutor and what they expect in lessons. This is a positive reinforcement task in which the tutor can review and ask students how they think they should behave and what the teacher/tutor would like to see in the class. Far more productive than starting the year by telling the students ‘do not do this’ and ‘make sure you do that’.

Make use of the work by combining it to make a big poster or it could be put into http://www.wordle.net/ to create a word cloud that can be printed off.

Source: http://www.teachingandlearningtogether.com/what-kind-of-teacher-do-you-want.html

Ice breaker – self portraits

10 Apr


This is a great icebreaker, starter or fun activity to break up a session that makes the students laugh and encourages discussion. The original idea is from: http://www.educatorstechnology.com and is very simple to set up. Just place paper and coloured pens on tables and ask students to draw a self portrait of themselves, they need to do it discreetly so everyone else doesn’t see (it’s good fun if the tutor does it too). Once everyone has finished then you can collect the pictures in and display them so students can guess who it is or shuffle them and distribute them to other tables for them to guess.

An alternative to drawing themselves is to give the students the cards from the WHO AM I GAME game I posted earlier and ask the students to draw the famous people then the class have to guess. There are countless possibilities with this game and lots of fun.

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Creative assessment

9 Apr


After seeing this prompt poster on:
It reminded me of an easy task to assess the students knowledge near the end of the session.

After tutor input and student activity has taken place then ask the students in groups to design a poster or leaflet explaining the ideas/concepts they’ve learned. This tests higher order thinking, teamwork and presentation skills.

I’ve used this idea to get students to make punctuation posters after a session on using punctuation and its far more exciting than carrying out sentence correction tasks to show understanding. If you put ideas into an envelope and let the students pick one out such as ‘design a poster to show what a comma is and how it is used’ they can immediately start planning and discussing what to include. An additional bonus of this task is that the posters can be used as a display; students really like to see their work on the wall.

Starter of the week – Gaining student feedback

8 Apr


This is a great idea for coming to the end of term to get students to think about what they’ve done and learnt from Rachel Lynette at http://www.minds-in-bloom.com/2011/06/20-end-of-year-reflection-questions.html

The questions are below and can be answered individually or as a group then fedback to the tutor either verbally or as a short written piece. These questions could form the basis of a questionnaire for students to collect group answers and assist the tutor to develop and improve lessons. Another additional idea is to select key answers and make a display for the new students so they can see what they will learn in lessons.

Lynette also has 20 reflection questions for tutors/teachers that act as a prompt for reviewing a year of teaching. Take a look during the end of the academic year and see if you can use the prompts to develop your teaching.

Here are the questions:

What is something we did this year that you think you will remember for the rest of your life?

What is something you accomplished this year that you are proud of?

What was the nicest thing someone in our class did for you this year?

What was the most challenging part of this year for you?

Where is your favorite place in our classroom (or school)? Why?

If you could change one thing that happened this year, what would it be?

What are three things you did this year to help your classmates?

What are the three most important things you learned this year?

What is something that was hard for you at the start of the year, but is easy now?

In what area do you feel you made your biggest improvements?

What is your favorite part of the day in our class? Why?

What is something you taught your teacher or classmates this year?

Of the books you read this year, which was your favorite? Why?

What was the best piece of writing that you did this year? Why do you think it is your best?

What person at our school has made the biggest impact in your life this year? Why?

What is something the teacher could have done to make this year better?

What are six adjectives that best describe this school year?

Knowing what you know now, if you could write a letter to yourself that would travel back in time so that you would receive it at the start of the school year, what advice would you give your younger self?

When you consider the rest of your life, what percentage of what you learned this year do you think will be useful to you?

What advice would you give students who will be in this class next year?

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Fantasy jobs written task

5 Apr


This task incorporates speaking and listening, reading, writing and employability skills such as planning and presenting work. It can either be a fun activity or directly related to what the students realistically want to be in the future.

Start the session by discussing what individuals would like to be or do when they finish their studies and when they’ve made their choice make sure that the students create individual plans such as spider diagrams to detail their ideas. The students can carry out research on what the position entails and pay which encourages independent research and comparing and contrasting different sources of information. They can then build up their plans and draft work.

After the planning stage students then need to design a poster or presentation on the role and what it covers, including pay, which resembles a job advert to attract someone to apply for the job. Students then present their work to the rest of the class explaining their choices and where they found the information.

This task tests a variety of skills in students and they enjoy the freedom of using their imaginations, it also gives the tutor an insight into what students are interested in and what they enjoy. Attached are the task sheets to get you started let me know how you get on.


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