We all know how important having a good ‘starter’ is in lessons. It can serve as that all-important hook for the remainder of the lesson and really help to motivate pupils and stimulate their curiosity. These resources can provide you with a whole range of interesting starter activities which you can either use directly or adapt to suit your own purposes.
Educators know there are student factors outside of school, such as home life and childhood experiences, that have a big influence on student success in school. New research has shown that one factor in particular—academic vocabulary—is one of the strongest indicators of how well students will learn subject area content when they come to school.
Robert J. Marzano is an American speaker, trainer, and educational researcher.
He is noted for transforming educational research and theory on the topics of standards-based assessment, cognition, high-yield teaching strategies, and school leadership--into practical programs and tools for teachers and administrators in K-12 schools.
Marzano has identified three areas central to school improvement reforms: fostering and sustaining system-wide teaching strategies; providing effective feedback to students; and building a strong student academic vocabulary.
His six steps as outlined in 'Building Academic Vocabulary,' published by ASCD, are the basis for these six posters that support the process. http://shop.ascd.org
A clever Excel spreadsheet to track or measure your students' progress across the year. This is geared towards A-Level teachers but would work well for FE, HE and secondary teachers too. Using this will assist you in demonstrating 'Progress over Time' for any looming Ofsted inspection.
The sheet caters for up to 25 students per class and tracks their progress in relation to their minimum target grade (MTG). Average grades update as you complete assessments.
Using it is really easy!
All light blue cells are for data/text entry, all dark blue cells are drop down boxes and everything else is protected from accidental clicks. At the bottom of the table is a box where you can amend the raw marks available for each type of assessment - just use 'quiz' (deep blue drop-down for assessment type) if you would prefer to see everything as a percentage of 100.
The formulae are protected but I've included the unlock code (1234) for those of you who feel confident enough to personalise it further.
This is a 20 minute Power Point slide show that counts down a slide per minute. You can use this timer to count down any time from 20, 10 or 5 minutes etc.
The timer will automatically count down on the white board and is ideal for assessments or timed exercises.
Interactive, fun and engaging. A perfect end to the lesson.
The plenary wheel is a PowerPoint file with a rotating wheel. Ask one of your students to shout STOP to select how the lesson ends. NO PLANNING involved. Just open the file and let your students decide.
This wheel is the sequel to my original plenary wheel - it contains 8 NEW PLENARY activities that focus on the question "What have I learnt today". It's not a rebrand - so if you want both look for my bundle and then you'll have SIXTEEN plenary activities - that's your academic year sorted!
The plenaries are:
1. 60 seconds - tell a partner what you've learnt in a minute - timers includes.
2. Picture review - draw how you feel/what you've learnt - template/handout included (print a bank of these ready!).
3. Emoji review - select an emoji to summarise your learning today - template included if required (black and white or colour).
4. - Text message - write a reply to the text on the slide.
5. - 4-3-1, my take on the 5-5-1 review - write four sentences then whittle it down to just 1 word to summarise today's lesson. Handout included, again print a stack ready!
6. - Red, Amber, Green - three sentence review of your learning today.
7. - Tell me three - answer the three summary questions about today's learning.
8. - Status update - write a social media status to summarise your learning today.
Macros must be enabled for the wheel to function, though the plenary activities can still be viewed without the wheel spinning (less exciting!).