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A nice little starter is Taboo - writing down a word at the top of each card, with five words underneath it that explain what it is. The pupils have to get the rest of the group say as many words on the top of each card in a minute, without themselves saying any of the five key words further down on the card.

It works if you do it regularly as a starter, and particularly in the first term, as the pupils need to remember the key terms involved with each topic. They can then begin to write their own Taboo cards as the year goes on.
nick.tester - April 30, 2014

For me a great lesson is where I have to do very little 'Teaching'. A great lesson is one in which the students are working with each other throughout the lesson and often actually teaching each other. In Economics I may introduce a brand new concept in a rather didactic manner particularly if it is completely alien to the students. Once I feel they have grasped the basics, the next lesson I set them free to stretch themselves. Putting them in groups of mixed ability I will set a task for each group often based around a news article to explain the theory they have just learned in the context of the article (Economics lents itself well to news articles, perhaps other subjects may use a piece of text from a book or play or an extract from a paper, one option that works for all subjects is to set them a complex examination question). They must then make a poster to explain how the theory applies to the situation or the best way to answer the exam question, to stretch them further you can limit them to fewer words. They must then use symbols and drawings and explain verbally later where).

Giving each of the students different colour pens (this way you can monitor individual input)make it clear that all students must understand their poster in detail, you can test this as you circulate.

The beauty of the mixed ability groups is that you can use the more able students as 1 on 1 teachers for the less able. By making the stronger students teach the concepts you are forcing them to use higher order skills in order to be able to articulate an explanation. From this stage you are free to go into a presentation per group using the board of using a marketplace lesson style (a personal favourite of mine). As the teacher you have done little more than facilitate but the learning is massive and you've barely done any 'teaching'!
samshelley - April 29, 2014

Help please... I want to tidy up the Teaching and Learning section under the common theme of "What is great teaching/a great lesson at Ardingly?" If we can get the top 10 ideas, all the T&L resources can go into a box behind each.... so, what is great teaching here at Ardingly? Please post. Thank you, Tom
tom.caston - April 29, 2014

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