Main Ideas

IDEA 1:

Placemat consensus.

BRIEF EXPLANATION:

Students in teams of 4 are given an A3 piece of paper which is split into four sections with a fifth rectangle in the centre. Students are then given x minutes to write in silence what they know about a topic in their section of the paper. After silent independent work, explain to students that using a round robin they have to work out the key information on the said topic. They must only put information in the middle rectangle, if they all agree it is key information.

You can put a limit on it, i.e. five key things to remember. Selected students from each team can then feed back their findings.

RESOURCES:

A3 paper.

TARGET STUDENTS:

KS3 and/or KS4.

IDEA 2:

Improve my reading.

BRIEF EXPLANATION:

Using a reading framework, students read one page to a teacher or a friend and then Describe, Evaluate, Analyse and Explain. Students then answer set questions together discuss the book, e.g. How does the writer use punctuation to create impact? How does the writer create mood through the words chosen?

RESOURCES:

Suitable reading material and a reading frame.

TARGET STUDENTS:

KS3 and/or KS4.

IDEA 3:

Spies.

BRIEF EXPLANATION:

Students work in groups of 4 to come up with ideas/information on a given topic. After an appropriate amount of time, teacher shouts "Spy" and 1 person from each group goes to another group to gather information that their own group may not have considered. They write this new information in their books in a different colour pen. Spies can only occupy an empty chair! Teacher continues to shout "Spy" until enough information has been shared. Spies return to their own table and share their new information with the rest of their group!

RESOURCES:

Coloured pens and students’ books.

TARGET STUDENTS:

KS3 and/or KS4.

IDEA 4:

Play doh.

BRIEF EXPLANATION:

Students use play doh to express ideas or to explain something to another student without speaking.

RESOURCES:

Play doh.

TARGET STUDENTS:

KS3.

IDEA 5:

Connect 4.

BRIEF EXPLANATION:

Students are put in teams of 3. One person is the quizmaster; the other two students are opponents. The quizmaster has a question and answer sheet on a set topic. A question is asked and the first person to shout out the correct answer is allowed to put a counter in the frame. The first person to get ‘Connect 4’ wins. The winner then plays the quizmaster.

RESOURCES:

Questions and answers created by the students or teacher.

TARGET STUDENTS:

KS3 and/or KS4.

IDEA 6:

Speed Dating.

BRIEF EXPLANATION:

Speed dating - students sit and face each other in rows and do the traditional speed dating thing with 2 minutes to talk to each other. They are given a particular point relevant to the lesson to argue e.g. One side is for capital punishment the other side is against. They then speed date and rate their partners on the quality of their persuasive arguments.

RESOURCES:

None just prior learning and a row of chairs.

TARGET STUDENTS:

KS3 and/or KS4.

IDEA 7:

Punctuation relay.

BRIEF EXPLANATION:

Team task - sentences, without punctuation, are provided on a sheet for each team. Team members take turns retrieving a punctuation mark from their pile. Only the person who picks up the punctuation mark can place it; other team member must coach them as to where it should go.

RESOURCES:

Paper and bits of card for punctuation marks.

TARGET STUDENTS:

KS3 and/or KS4.

IDEA 8:

Pass the string.

BRIEF EXPLANATION:

Each table has a ball of string. Every time a student contributes to the discussion, they pass the ball of string on, but keep hold of the string. At the end of the discussion, you are able to see which students have made the most contributions.

RESOURCES:

nough balls of string for every table.

TARGET STUDENTS:

KS3 and/or KS4.