Show me app … great for challenge and non-doers!

Stretching the HAP’s! The new challenge for teachers, and one which can be a little dry for the students if not given some thought. After producing differentiated worksheet after differentiated worksheet I happened upon the ‘show me’ app and it’s been a game changer. (It’s also great if you are a PE teacher and have students who…

Kahoot has saved me this term!

https://getkahoot.com/ This has been a life saver for me over the last few weeks, with a Year 11 tutor group who have been overloaded with work and revision but who still need to be purposefully involved in their tutor time sessions. I’m sure you’ve heard of Kahoot, but if you haven’t it’s an online quiz which…

Revision Golf

So it’s that time of year again! Exams are fast approaching and we are all looking for purposeful but engaging ways of helping our students to revise. Exam golf takes a little bit of preparation but will last a whole lesson (or two) and encourages students to talk and discuss exam questions without the fear of making…

Hey there world …I’m back!

Woah there! After a massive hiatus, career change (new school, new role), house move etc… the blog is back! I am so glad to finally have somewhere nice to desposit my teachery thoughts and ideas, rather than scribbled on the back of a scrap piece of paper or drawn on my hand in the obligatory…

Showing Progress Over Time – Literally!

I have been playing around recently with ways to show progress within a lesson. I loved this idea using a clockface to show what had been learnt every 20 minutes of the lesson – super easy, quick and effective!

Ramblings of a tired teacher ….

Oh my word! It’s definitely been one of those fortnight’s where everything that could possible happen, happened! Parents Evening, Ofsted, birthdays, big meetings ….. I am frazzled! Not to mention massively under prepared for the rest of this weeks lessons! We have all been there, so I figured sharing some ideas / advice for those days where we are super…

I nearly failed my PGCE … but I am still here now!

I am going to be totally honest about my PGCE. At times it wasn’t the most positive or enjoyable experience and I wasn’t always sure (and neither was my tutor) that teaching was the career for me. But I am so glad that I stuck with it!  I guess this post goes out to all those people…

Using Dice in lessons!

All you need are a simple pair of dice (or the neat electronic version at http://www.curriculumbits.com/mathematics/virtual-dice/  ) Help add an element of chance and fun to lessons by using dice to tell students what they need to do! For example: The roll of the first dice tells the students how many statements, sentences, facts etc…. they need to…

HAPple Genius Bar!

Why not challenge your HAP’s (high achievers) by creating a Genius Bar where other students can go and ask questions / get clarification if needed!

Roll up, roll up … the great Attendance Raffle!

Help encourage students to be punctual to registration by giving out raffle tickets to those that are there on time. Students collect tickets over the course of the week and then you pull a winner out of the hat every Friday! You have to be in it to win it – as they say!

Quick Rewards for Great Behaviour!

Why not have a mason jar, jam jar etc…. on your desk filled with pieces of paper. On each piece of paper have a short and simple reward that can be picked out be students when they behave really well or make excellent progress in your lessons! They could range from choosing a chocolate bar…