Strategy Seven: Using Experts

In an age of webcam calls and FaceTime, with the ability to quickly and easily record footage and speak to people across great distances, it is far easier to invite outside parties in to our classrooms than it once was.

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Strategy Six: Differentiated Outcomes

As discussed in Strategy Two: Scaffold and Stretch, fitting differentiation and challenge tasks in to lessons can often risk being tokenistic or losing meaning, especially if it’s done ‘because that’s what you’re supposed to do’. Before even looking at how we differentiate, we need to look at why. Differentiation is a key area for teachers […]

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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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