Strategy Five: A Star Cake

This week’s strategy comes from Meopham School’s Modern Foreign Languages department. The ‘Star Cake’ is a strategy used to encourage students to build the most complex sentences possible and could also be used to revising word classes both in MFL and in subjects like English and Literacy. The lesson begins by asking students to identify […]

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Strategy Four: Before, Before, After After

    This technique comes from our Science department. In this example, it has been used in a lesson on climate change but it could be adapted easily for Geography or Science lessons where you’re looking at the impact of an event on a location or object. The premise is simple. Students are presented with a […]

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Strategy Three: ‘Random’ Pictures

This idea appears in several different forms in our Black Book. Subjects ranging from English to D.T use this tactic in varying ways and it is always assured to get high engagement conversation going in the classroom. The premise is simple. Provide students with a seemingly ‘random’ image and ask them to make links with […]

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Strategy Two: Scaffolding Stretch

(image credit: http://www.missbsresources.com) This post’s ideas come from one of our Maths teachers. Stretch and Challenge is a buzz word in schools that can often become tokenistic if we are not careful: an extension that asks students complete more questions of the same calibre, an additional task for the student we know will finish the […]

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Strategy One: The Lead Lesson

For Meopham students, the Lead Lesson is a staple feature in Year 11 life. There are few things more scary for students than having to go in to the exam hall for the first time and face an unknown question. In response to this fear, the Lead Lesson was born.

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