Monthly archives: May, 2018

Collaboration

Pupils must be able to collaborate seamlessly in both physical and virtual spaces. Connection and collaboration with others are essential not only to their learning but their mental and emotional health. Pupils should be encouraged to work collaboratively both within the classroom and beyond. Some tools that can promote this are: Google Drive Pages Keynote Showbie – …

A story of…

Sometimes when a skill might be being assessed, the “answer” does not suffice, the journey a pupil takes is key. Pupils clearly outline each step of their approach to a question or answer they have constructed.This forces them to be concise in their explanations. This can be performed both verbally or in a written format and …

Brainwriting

A strategy that works to generate ideas separate from discussion. Pupils write first, talk second. Pupils must try to think of all the possible solutions to a question/scenario. This can be done independently (and silently!) either on post it notes, on a template that is handed around or collaboratively using technology such as Keynote or pages. Pupils then …

Socratic Smackdown

This is a great strategy to get pupils to practise developing an argument, either independently or as a group. Pupils can earn points every time they use a strategies. Give pupils a topic, text or issue and a chance to prepare ideas before their discussion or written answer, which is scored by others. Socratic Smackdown discussion example Socratic …