During my first term of teacher training, I struggled with the concept of the importance of a lesson plenary. With research, I discovered that a good plenary has the ability to highlight not only the good parts of my lessons but the common misconceptions within the class surrounding the topic. In short, I found it is the student’s way of assessing my teaching informally! • I made these clipboard plenary’s with placement Nóra in mind, if I had these during my teacher training it would have been very easy for me to quickly grab one and ask the children contribute. • Credit to my lecture for the majority of these ideas! I just took ideas I had been shown or heard classmates talk about and designed them on mini clipboards and added clipart so they could be accessible to the children too. • This pack comes with 23 cards in PDF format! •
The ”what will I do now teacher?” extension pack! This resource is one I made with a range of learners in mind! • This pack includes seven task areas which children can work on after the main lesson task work has been complete and they wait for the other students to finish up! Total of 28 task cards. • During my placement, I found that children liked a more creative extension challenge rather than a worksheet! (I bought a pack of 300 envelopes in euro giant on placement and honestly, they absolutely loved the idea of sending letters to their friends in the class as extensions, very cheap and easy!) So these cards are to combat that worksheet kind of boredom I found! • I focused on; writing, reading, number, wellbeing, drawing, designing and list-making tasks!
• During my PGCE it was drilled into us- the importance of a strong start to a lesson. I found the majority of the starters I used had been student lead and in turn made for extremely high levels of engagement, as the children often had more subject knowledge than I would have known had I opened with teacher lead starters. • I typed out 12 of my favourite starter strategies and have to credit my lectures for some of the ideas but likewise, I got a few of them online too! • Children LOVE to learn through their peers and these starters really encourage this child lead approach which I value so highly!! • This pack comes with 12 cards prompts in PDF format! •
In my opinion SPELLING TESTS are NOT an accurate measurement tool of every child’s progress. Although most schools have them as a policy I think it’s important to try and teach children that struggle with spellings (especially children with specific learning difficulties) that 10/10 in a spelling test does not make a student more worthy. • Often the traditional way of making children- rewrite spellings they got wrong underneath the test 5 times, is thought to be the correct way to ensure a child learns those spelling and although this might be true for some children, it is not helpful for children who present dyslexic traits. For these children, visual tasks and creativity work much better to highlight spelling patterns. • With these children in mind I created a “super spelling task resource” it has 12 unique ways to encourage children to pick one spelling they got wrong and do a very short task on it to allow them to master one of their words, instead of rewriting 5 words and not really learning any of them. Majority of the tasks I have made up myself but I found some online too!!
“MINI MINDFULNESS MOMENTS” Handy brain breaks for lesson transitions. • Keeping the children’s mental wellbeing positive in school is a main priority for me, little tasks like these throughout the day should help them clear their heads before the next lesson! • Loads of love & don’t forget to take your own little mindfulness moment today and every day • I have to give credit to my lectures, fellow PGCE students and Twinkl for some of the ideas but the majority of these amazing ideas I got from the Tes account @yesmissdaniel such a beautiful FREE resource available on her Tes shop if you would rather a different design definitely check her out
I have been putting together this times tables word problem resource recently. I grabbed word problems from all over the internet, for each times table (2-12). This is in an attempt to grow my student’s confidence when they cross numbers with words in assessments and to consolidate their tables. • My class are often more than able for the questions they are posed with but as soon as they see words they freak out. This is super common! • These word problems are all multiplication, so although they don’t need to consider the operation to choose they do have to filter through the words to gain an understanding of what figures to manage and manipulate. I colour coordinated each set for so I know exactly what’s what.
I found wee tasks like these handy during placement as extensions when I was working with a target focus group. They also revealed a child’s understanding of the content of the book further. I thought by having a pack ready to go it would help me during my NQT year with timing and organisation. • I made this 4 category reading bundle pack for library book and guided reading tasks. I split the pack into 4 category’s which are: Charter work Setting work Word work Author work
“Coronavirus” is a book for children about Covid-19. For me, it is important that all children have an understanding of the pandemic they are living through. To combat worries and stress I have begun to do some planning on explanations of “Coronavirus” to my class. I bought the brilliant book “Coronavirus” by the consultant: Graham Medley in Easons (bookmark) for only €2.99 and I have begun to base all my information and work around this book. It is brilliant because although it is very detailed it is very easy to read and to be honest I learnt a lot from reading it! Here’s a wee work task I put together to lead the children’s learning on the content I will be presenting to them on the virus! with illustrations by Axel Scheffler and a £1 donation of the book going towards charity you can’t go wrong if you need something easy and cheap to educate yourself and your little class!
Teacher lesson feedback and relfection sheet! Handy for all teachers and studnet teachers <3
This pack contains “21 diversity discussion prompts”. These are how I plan to introduce areas of race, ethnicity and equality into my classroom. • From reading up on the BLM campaign I have learnt that schooling has the privilege to educate, cause compassion and strengthen support towards the black community. • For classes in PDMU on placement, I found circle time styled lessons where always the most enjoyable for the children. For little bodies, they have big opinions and love to share so I thought this would be the most fitting away to open conversations about oppression in the black community. I got this idea from the brilliant @theyoungeducator • Race and equality must be a conversation we present and cover in great detail in our schools, children should be exposed to a range of resources which include discussions of ethnic inequalities. • Children come from a range of backgrounds and families but we must present them with these important conversations in order to unite and support every single human being on the planet.
A handy English resource inspired by @studyingwithmissh who got the idea from the amazing @miss.wiltshir3 and @missv_nqt accoutns so go check them out!!! Not my idea at all I just used the ladies work and changed the font and photos to fit my theme!! Loads of love xxx
CIRCLE TIME STARTER QUESTIONS!!! • During my placements, I found myself absolutely obsessed with having lessons on the carpet area. I found the engagement was much higher and it was less formal for the kids. • From that I also LOVED a bit of circle time as daily check-ins with the kids, I made these handy circle time starter questions which allow the children to make decisions and give the reasoning for their answers. These questions (although some are a bit crazy) I found the children really began to develop their talking skills when asked to give reasoning of their choices. These cards also will really let me get to know my class and will be a handy day fillers too! • I got the idea from my Key Stage 1 placement teacher and a document she had printed from Twinkl!!