11th January 2015

Revision Activity - Thinking Skills Bingo

This superb activity from Graham Prior and Jon Clark provides an engaging and effective method of getting students to think as they undertake revision and preparation for exams.You can download this free version of the resource - please try it with your students and share it with teaching colleagues in other departments!  Full instructions are provided on the downloadable PowerPoint file and also from this printable pdf document.Thinking Skills Bingo is fully editable - you choose the topic and the possible answers. you can also get your students to set the Thinking Skills Bingo

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4th January 2015

Wordplay - A Cracking Literacy & Numeracy Activity for Any Subject & Class!

Here's something for you from the tutor2u teaching & learning team - Wordplay! Download this free teaching and learning resource, with our compliments, and give it a go with your students!

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31st October 2014

Better MCQs through CBM (Confidence Based Marking)

Multiple choice questions (MCQs) are a fundamental part of assessment for many subjects and opinion is often divided as to there usefulness in assessing students. Writing (good) MCQs isn't easy. They can be time consuming to develop and difficult to design well. They can often lead to guesswork and poorly designed MCQs often provide clues to encourage guesswork.One strategy for making MCQs 'more' valuable is the use of CBM; confidence (or certainty) based marking. This is a strategy that I discovered from reading Gardner-Medwins work on CBM in towards deeper learning.The technique is simple but effective. In

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25th October 2014

DCD Questioning - Developing Analysis, Evaluation and Higher Order Thinking

I posted this questioning technique on our Business Studies blog a few weeks back but thought it would be worth sharing on our teaching and learning blog after some fantastic feedback from teachers who have tried this out in lessons with amazing success.DCD questioning is a very, very simple questioning technique that promotes higher order thinking; allows students to discuss different viewpoints and helps the teacher to facilitate a discussion (within a business studies lesson).DCD questioning is simple. D stands for 'develop' and C stands for 'challenge'. How it works is simple. After the teacher has posed a

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30th June 2014

Key Word Chop!

Key Word Chop is a very simple but effective activity that gets the whole class moving around and talking about your subject. Its excellent for formative assessment and requires minimal preparation.At the start of the lesson the teacher gives each student a sticky label with a key word 'chopped' in two. For example:Geography: One label might have frontal and the other rainBusiness Studies: One label might have acid and the other label might have testEnglish: A famous quote could be separated in twoStudents then need to walk around the classroom and find their 'other half'. Once they

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25th March 2014

Better Classroom Questioning - Socratic Questioning

Socratic questioning is an extremely powerful questioning technique that teachers can use to explore complex issues and ideas with students, open up common misconceptions and analyse and evaluate topics at a far deeper level than 'normal' questioning. In essence, Socratic questioning is used to probe student understanding and thinking allowing far greater analysis and evaluation to take place. Socratic questioning focus purely on the importance of questioning to enhance teaching and learning and the name is derived from Socrates who believed that questioning was the only defensible form of teaching. In Socratic questioning, the teacher uses a range of questions

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29th January 2014

Differentiation - Turn up the Heat with Chilli Learning!

‘Chilli’ learning is a teaching and learning strategy designed to give students a degree of choice over the activities they complete (either within a lesson or for homework) and therefore take more ownership of their own learning, which hopefully then allows work to be more closely matched with each student’s ability.

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18th May 2013

Developing Analysis & Evaluation with PMI

As a Humanities teacher I want students to be able to look at both sides of an argument. The ability to analyse or evaluate an idea or topic is of course an invaluable thinking skill for all students and can be used in any subject. So I turn to PMI !

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10th May 2013

Four Corners - Developing Higher Order Thinking and Collaborative Learning

Four corners is a powerful activity that encourages higher order thinking and evaluation. It is brilliant for collaborative learning and gives students an opportunity to review and reflect on other students thoughts, views and opinions.

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