Teaching and planning
This section includes ideas to help plan lessons, and general teaching ideas. I have attached PDF files alongside a brief description of how I use them. If you would like and editable version get please get in touch!
Medium term plan: A quick template to plan a series of lessons. This template forces you to think about the links between a succession of lessons and the overlapping of previous end points and start points. I have attached and example of how I used it to plan a series of lessons on Pythagoras' Theorem.
Assessment Review: After students have done an assessment and we have spent time looking at it to see where improvements can be made they fill in one of these forms which can then be stuck in their books. The top two boxes are filled in by the students and the bottom box is filled in by the teacher who can then write a follow up question to see if they have improved. I have deliberately not included a grade or score, just whether or not they have made sufficient progress towards their target.
Help Tokens: Try to encourage independence with these help tokens. The idea is students can only ask you one question when they are solving a problem. If another student can answer their questions they can gain that token and be able to ask you an extra one....
Homework response notes: keep track of repeat offenders and those who put the extra effort in! Made to fit in A5 exercise books. Also attached is a blog on how I use them
Improving Effort: After writing reports and filling in effort descriptors for each pupil in our classes how often do we explain and remind students what to do to improve their effort. Select key students in the class (or the whole class if you have time!) and explain the two key things they should be doing to improve their effort. These forms can be stuck on the inside cover of their books as a constant reminder to the student. The next time you write their report their effort should have improved - hopefully! If not, you can point out exactly what they haven't done since last time!
Missed Marking: My attempt to solve the annoying feeling when you collect students books in so you can give detailed feedback in the next lesson but someone has not handed their book in! If you are spending time in class reviewing marking comments this sheet means those students, who haven't handed their book in, have something worthwhile to do. Also, when you do mark their book afterwards it speeds it up! I have attached a blank version as well as an annotated one to explain in a little more detail.
My Goal: Tired of saying the same thing to the same students every lesson? Set them one individual goal to stick to, such as, show working out on every question, underline title with a ruler, use pencil for a diagram, bring a calculator etc... Print out these "My Goal" sheets so they can stick it on the front of their books. The goal net has 9 boxes to tick off when they achieve this a full card turns in to a reward: good comment, raffle ticket for end of term draw, praise from the HoD etc...