Tag Archives: Planning

Using cue cards for planning

5 Jun


This is a brilliant idea from Kaitlin at yourteachersaide to support class tasks and assessment of students by using small cue cards (3 x 5), see the suggestions below.

I particularly like the idea of using them to fairly question and select groups as this is usually an area of difficulty in class and should prevent those students that answer every question before anyone gets a chance.

Additionally, you could also note issues or good work on the cards to serve as reminders before you next see the students as its easy to forget things when you’re really busy and have a lot of students.

1. List one student’s name on each card. When it’s time to pick partners, shuffle the cards and quickly call out the pairs.

2. Use the name cards to call on students during a lesson. You will avoid calling on the same person all the time and the students will pay attention since they never know when their name will be called. No one is upset with you over who gets picked or who partners with whom.

3. Use the name cards to keep track of who has turned in an item or done a certain task. Go through the cards and ask each student. Those that say ‘no,’ place in a pile off to the side. Instant list!

4. Get the colored ones if you have multiple classes that you teach. Write one class of students on each color.

5. Write different, simple rewards on each card. When the whole class- or just each student earns a reward, let them choose a card from the stack to see what they’ve ‘won’.

Source: http://yourteachersaide.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/using-3×5-cards-in-your-classroom.html

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Differentiator online tool for writing objectives

22 May


This useful online tool uses key phrases from Blooms Taxonomy to assist in producing differentiated objectives. Just select the word that fits what topic/subject/task you are covering then words from other categories and the tool creates a learning objective to use.

Click on the link below to try it.

Source: http://byrdseed.com/differentiator/

Prompts to stimulate planning and writing

21 May


After seeing this visual on how soda impacts on your body it gave me an idea for providing frames for students to research and input information.

Just select an image outline that represents your topic and divide it up into the amount of sections that you want students to research. Students can then either research and fill the information in electronically or handwrite it in on a handout. The finished task will make excellent posters and I know students will be more eager to fill in this type of template than making notes on a blank sheet of paper. Students could always try to create an infographic from their information using a program such as http://www.easel.ly/ as a stretch and challenge task.

Image: http://www.ksl.com/?sid=24552939&nid=1010&title=this-is-what-happens-when-you-drink-soda&fm=home_page&s_cid=featured-5

CV infographic

20 May


A great infographic to support sessions on CV writing to show learners what they’re up against in industry.  I tell my students these facts every year but this reinforces the information in a visual format and is a great discussion starter. It can be displayed on the interactive board and given as handouts for the students to read and discuss.

Source: http://infographiclist.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/1why-resumes-are-rejected.png

Persuasive writing and discussions

7 May


This is a nice frame for students to put some notes together for writing a persuasive piece of text or to support a discussion from http://www.worksheetplace.com

You can give the sheet to students to complete independently or chop it up into sections and give a section piece to each group member to work on. It supports the students to plan and will give them confidence to approach the task as they have created their own scaffolding.

Source: http://www.worksheetplace.com/index.php?function=DisplaySheet&sheet=pw9&links=2&id=&link1=43&link2=11

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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Student presentation planning

16 Apr


Getting the students to create and present their work through a presentation is a great way of checking reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.

After giving the students some guidance you can then use the brilliant infographic above from Skills Studio to support and guide learners. I’ve also included some topic choices for students that struggle to be creative and a planning document to use to ensure the presentation is structured.

Presentations are an excellent support mechanism to prepare for employment as many jobs now require the applicant to do a presentation as part of the interview.



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