#Assessment – www/EBI

A quick and easy assessment idea you can make use of in any lesson. Nutshell: Have learners reflect on what has gone well and what they would have improved their […]

100 Ideas: Diamond thinking

Give learners nine elements of a topic and ask them to rank them in the shape of a diamond: one element at the top and one at the bottom of the shape.

100 Ideas: Fact sheets

Fact sheets This is idea No. 75 in the book! Book extract: Learners are challenged to demonstrate their existing knowledge and build new knowledge in order to create a fact […]

100 Ideas: Nuggets with a source

Give students time to interview (speed-date style) their classmates to collect ten nuggets of knowledge on a topic on their worksheet. See the online resources for a template. You might find it useful to rearrange the layout of your classroom to facilitate this activity.

100 Ideas: A to Z

A to Z of your subject This is idea No. 47 in the book! Book extract: Start the lesson by giving each student an A to Z sheet that has […]

100 Ideas: Self-marking frame

Self-marking frame This is idea No. 58 in the book! Book extract: Challenge your learners to self-mark usingan A3 sheet of paper. Around the edge of the sheet you attach […]

100 Ideas: Snakes, ladders and challenge cards

Challenge your learners to create their own board game at the end of a unit of study or a term. The game can be loosely based on snakes and ladders (i.e. they move spaces based on a throw of a dice).

100 Ideas: Throw the dice

Throw the dice This is idea No. 47 in the book! Book extract: Challenge your learners to make a dice and accompanying game. Once completed the learners get to play […]

100 Ideas: Dingbats

Challenge learners in pairs or small groups to solve the dingbats you display on your board.

100 Ideas: Guess who?

Set up a Guess Who? board. Students work in pairs and pose a series of questions to knock down cards they can identify.

100 Ideas: Memorise this

  Memorise this… This is idea No. 13 in the book! Book extract: You need a minimum of a three-slide presentation for this. Slide one shows the things you want […]

100 Ideas: Tutor time news quiz

News Quiz This is idea No. 17 in the book! Book extract: Tutor time sometimes feels unstructured. Once you’ve done the register and sorted some of the uniform issues, you […]

100 Ideas: Build a strong case

Build a strong case… This is idea No. 35 in the book! Book extract: You know those colour swatches you can pick up in DIY stores? Well, here’s another use […]

100 Ideas: Litmus marking

For this you can use a visual colour scale (you might think of a litmus test colour chart or those colour swatches you see in DIY stores). Learners will then follow criteria you give them and select a colour level as their feedback to either themselves if self-marking or a peer if peer-marking.

100 ideas: Brain Bingo

If you know bingo you’ll get this straight away. You create a bingo card that has the answers to a series of questions on it.

100 Ideas: Hexagon challenges

A fun, engaging way of providing different challenges to each learner in a class. This works really well with Key Stage 3 classes. I’ve seen this idea adapted in many ways by wonderfully creative teachers!

Questioning to assess learning

Questioning to support assessment I was asked this question on twitter recently: How can one use questioning and feedback to contribute to the assessment process? @tips4teachingUK — Aqsalogic (@aqsalogic) February […]

Using a computer room

Booking a Computer room might seem like the answer to the end of your stressful week but as with all things in teaching, if you fail to plan you plan […]

Documenting your standards

NQT/ITT programmes vary from institution to institution. Keeping on top of your standards evidence remains a worry for many NQTs and Trainees. For reference check out the Government NQT standards […]

4 Safeguarding tips

Safeguarding is a critical part of what we do as teachers. It is the responsibility of every member of staff in school to report safeguarding concerns (teacher or not). Safeguarding […]

Giving praise

As teachers we can spend a lot of our time dealing with behaviour that falls short of our expectations, and we can actually fall out of the habit of giving […]

Sticky note assessment tools

4 assessment tips that make use of sticky notes 1. The sticky starter Give each student a sticky note as they walk into your room; on the board have the […]

Get Coding – book review

“Code your own website, app and game and develop real coding skills in this fun guide to coding for beginners” Get Coding – from Walker Books This is firstly a […]

pi-top resource for computer science

Sometimes exciting resources grab your attention! I was flattered to be asked to run a workshop at the recent EdTech Podcast Festival and had the absolute pleasure of meeting the […]

Ada Lovelace Day (October 9th)

Do you know who Ada Lovelace is? Did you know she was instrumental in the invention of the modern computer? Did you know she was a close friend and collaborator with Charles Babbage?

Variables: how to explain them

Variables have a value which the creator can assign, meaning they can vary from program to program depending on what is needed. That make sense? When I first taught variables […]

Algorithms: how to explain them

I like to start by telling learners that this is a genius word! If you can confidently go home tonight and explain what an algorithm is people will think you’ve […]

Podcast 4: The Wider Arts Picture

In this episode of Teacher Talk Laura and Paul talk with Drew, a new Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for the Arts ‘big picture’. Listen and subscribe now via your […]

4 ideas to help you explore mindfulness

What is Mindfulness and why is it suddenly everywhere? Mindfulness is not new! I need to get that out there first because I feel like sometimes people think it is. […]

Podcast 3: Arts in Education

Arts in Education In this Episode Paul and Laura talk about the Arts in Education and in particular what Laura as a Lead Practitioner for Art does to promote the […]

Podcast 2: Questioning ideas tested

In episode 2 of the tips4teaching podcast I reflect on my questioning technique during a drive home. The podcast becomes Teacher Talk and introduces our new co-host Laura in episode […]