10 Great Things

Here are ten great things that I have spotted on Twitter (mostly through the amazing @Team_English1) and had a go at using in the classroom. Thank you to all the wonderful practitioners who have shared them! No doubt there are hundreds more brilliant ideas to try…Apologies if I have not credited the original inventor, such is the nature of sharing on Twitter!

#1 Picture revision grids: @HistoryMissS

Many students find visual stimulus really helpful for revision, so these are a perfect way to reflect on the key themes/characters/settings etc. from a text or source that has just been studied. Also a fantastic way to revise and remember quotations.

#2 Structure strips: @mrlockyer
An engaging and focused way to approach planning and writing. My students found these a very useful scaffold for learning how to compare poems.

#3 Inventive structures: @Tom_Briars
Tom’s focus on structure really got my Year 11 thinking about how to engage their readers with their creative writing. We also worked towards identifying these structural techniques in texts we were studying, which consolidated their own use of their favourite device.

 #4 Literacy stamps
A small discovery, and no doubt not always perfect. I use these to quick-check our Year 7 and 8 Literacy class books. This example is one for MFL. There are lots of different ones to choose from here.

#5 Guided writing with pictures: @heymrshallahan
I originally took this idea from an @AQA workbook and found it worked incredibly well with students who did not find creative writing come to them naturally (here is my post on it). The wonderful @heymrshallahan developed it further to include pictures which was very effective indeed!

#6 Exploding metaphors: @heymrshallahan
I tried this with Year 7 and 9 and they absolutely loved it. We’d been wrestling with the bog standard metaphor and strangely making it seemingly more difficult actually freed them up to being more creative and having a much better grasp on metaphorical language.

#7 Clock Revision: @teachgeogblog
Another wonderful revision technique that is also very visually stimulating. My students really liked having structure to their revision which can at times seem like a vast desert to cross. Incredibly helpful for plotting narrative structure as a unit of work/text unfolds as well.

#8 Narrate/describe paired tasks: @NooPuddles
My Year 11 really enjoyed completing these for homework/prep tasks. They lend very well to flash fiction/mini-sagas and quick revision of linguistic techniques and crafting of language.

#9 200 word challenges: @Mathew_Lynch44, @Xris32, @heymrshallahan
My students loved these challenges; we used them in a lucky dip. They worked very well for peer assessment where students provided constructive feedback for each other.

#10 Vocabulary wheel: @cbtmiae
Last, but not least! I am constantly being asked ‘What’s a better word for…?” and this provides students with many options. Also great as a spelling wheel.

Thank you for all the wonderful ideas!

Categories: Pedagogy

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