Monthly Archives: May 2014

Differentiation Resources

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Wikipedia has a sister site called  http://simple.wikipedia.org. I discovered it only recently and it’s a very useful differentiation tool for those students who insist on using Wikipedia as their first port of call when researching homework etc on the net but may struggle with the content. It still remains to be said that students should be reminded to always compare resources and to evaluate the content.

I have shown an example (side by side) but please feel free to click on the link and trial it with a subject matter that students would find the benefits.

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More differentiation resources:

http://rewordify.com/index.php   I think this could be used with students who have difficulty in this area of understanding and deciphering text.

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http://www.snappywords.com/  A visual dictionary

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Natalie (Library)

 

The Learning Environment – Displays

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There have been lots of updated displays across the site following on from the spotlight, which is great. If you need some inspiration, have a look at the work that some departments have done:

Subject in the news:

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Promoting subjects:

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Reflection boards:

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Magenta Principles across subjects:

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Subject specific vocab & support boards:

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Exam Revision Technique

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My year 12 lesson today for exam revision:

I broke down their food anthology (exam texts) into themes and asked the pupils to make figures out of playdoh of what helped them best to remember their particular chosen text. They then had to talk through and justify why they had created the shape in such a way.

Then, they had to link their idea to a particular theme and physically place it on a piece of paper with the theme attached and explain why they had placed it there.

It seemed to work really well!

It linked into their exam practice, and how they need to think about a theme and how they can link it into the exam question, rather than just shoe-horning a text they like into a theme.

Becca

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