THW TeachMeet – CPD

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Our first TeachMeet CPD was dedicated to literacy. Many thanks to all staff who shared an idea.

Jess – spellings with tutor groups : students who struggle with learning spellings could learn 5 instead of 10 / challenge pupils to pick 2 words out of the list and use them in a sentence. Jess also shared how she has used a spreadsheet to record her tutees’ scores and how this has helped her to create some competition within her form group. Template Spelling Results with class average and pupil weekly average

Becky – literacy starters : which one is the odd one out? (have multiple answers to promote discussion) / boggle / sort words into categories Quick literacy starters

Chris – 4 corners : 4 words on the board, one in each corner. Students make a sentence with it. For example in maths,

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printed prompts for 2 stars and a wish to ensure pupils give better feedback to their peers & literacy mats to reinforce subject specific vocabulary Music Key Words Final

Deb – 7 Monkeys example

definitions:

  • Pupils come up with their own definitions of key words
  • Compare with another pupils
  • Come up with a definitive definition
  • Be able to justify why their definition is the best one within a group

“think outside the box”:

  • Read back through work/passage/information
  • Link to an analogy/real life context/draw a picture or sequence of pictures to represent
  • Explain their drawings to partner/class/group depending on activity.

Ana – scaffolding writing: 1 / mind map key vocabulary (for example in French opinions / connectives / quantifiers) 2/ give pupils more vocab to add to their mind map 3/ always use the mind map as a tool box to improve quality of writing & speaking. 4/ write in a triangle as a way as building up a quality answer. 5/ when pupils have used words from their mind map enough times, they can highlight them on their mind map in order to show that they are confident with them. 6/ they can then focus on new vocabulary.

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Merun – literacy games COUNTDOWN  UNO card game present tense irregular verbs

Use http://www.teachit.co.uk (under the “whizzy things” tab) and http://www.classtools.net for more literacy games and templates.

– definitions to match up with words as a way of expanding pupils’ range of vocabulary Hay que estudiar sobre los tiempos pasados y sobre las guerras y las personas famosas de antes subject names

Rute – using a template to encourage KS5 students to take better notes during lessons

Claire – “fun fan” to practise accuracy in spellings Fun Fan hola vocab cabin crew dialogue

– using a checklist to ensure students produce complex and sophisticated pieces of writing checklist write an answer likes and dislikes

– using animations on Word to focus pupils’ attention to particular aspects of literacy Blinking background and Las Vegas lights

– literacy plasters to save time correcting some of the most common mistakes! French literacy plastersFrench literacy plasters (2) French literacy plasters (3)  literacy plasters 1 literacy plasters 2

Thanks for a great session. Please let us know if you have tried any of the ideas shared after the TeachMeet.

 

THW TeachMeet – CPD

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Last week during our last TeachMeet we celebrated all our T&L achievements of the year.

Cathy explained how she’d used the plastic eggs that she won at a previous TeachMeet – “pass the egg” for speaking & listening work in Frencheaster eggs

Sukhi – differentiation work in Textiles Differentation resources

Louise – use of class display to promote independence (what do you need to do to achieve L4, L5, L6? with examples). G&T students are asked to model and lead on the evaluations

Rute – use of writing frames to build up quality writing Little Red Riding Hood

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Have a look at the incredible end product!

Sakiko – use of generic starters starters

– RAG marking (teacher annotates work, Red = NO!, Amber = OK but have you thought about…?, Green = Good, Purple = spelling)

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Inma talked about how she has used the bell she won at a previous TeachMeet – “ring the bell” whenever spontaneous target language has been used

Claire – takeaway homework (see previous post for explanation)  nandos-takeaway-homework1

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Thanks to all the staff who have contributed to and attended our THW TeachMeet CPDs this year!

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The Learning Environment – Joint work with the Student Ambassadors

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The Learning Environment Focus Group and the Student Ambassadors have worked very hard this term to create a display to celebrate the achievements of year 7 pupils. The “achievement tree” (each leaf is a message from a year 7 student explaining what she is proud of or what she has achieved this year) is proudly exhibited next to our KS4 and KS5 displays. Take time to read some of the comments – they show what a great experience they’ve had this year!

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T&L Hubs 2013-2014 – Effective Feedback

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Our last T&L Hub session was dedicated to effective feedback. As a school we started on this journey a few years ago when we updated our marking policy following on from the findings of the Effective Marking Focus Group and, after a couple of years embedding our “2 stars and a wish” initiative, we are now embarking on the next phase : refining our feedback to ensure high impact.

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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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