Activities Bank

This section is my "activity bank". A set of activities which I have mapped to learning  skill objectives. They are my go to activities when I am planning. I have taken to heart an idea I found in Kate Jones' Retrieval Practice book, which may sound obvious but at the time I needed the reminder, and that is that it is okay and even a good idea to use the same activity or similar activities so that the students are able to focus on the learning content rather than the procedures of the activity. That is not to say that I don't add to this repertoire [and will be] or have specific activities for certain content, I do, but these activities are my basis toolkit.  

Learning Objectives 

These learning objectives are what I consider to be the skills that I am trying to develop in my teaching and subject areas. They are a way for me to map my lessons to ensure I am covering a range of learning skills. 

Retrieval Clock / Hexagons

I first cam across this activity on Twitter and I can't remember from who in order ot credit them, but I do also remember seeing this as part of the retrieval activities suggested by Kate Jones in her Retrieval practice books. 

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Speed Date Retrieval

I use speed dating a lot in my lessons, as I think it is a good way to lesson the reliance on the teacher for information, and show students that their peers are also a great resource. I use this usually after a flipped homework where the students have already looked at the content of the learning phase before coming to the lesson. I tend to break the activity into 3 sections and get the students to use a different colour for each stage. 

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Responses sheet

In this activity the students are given a number of statements which they will either agree or disagree with and then write a response to the statement as if in a conversation.

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Article Analysis

This is a good activity for homework as well as in class. For this the students watch or read a documentary and then complete the analysis statements reflecting n what they have just watched or read. The task is split into 3 parts: 

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Chain of Reasoning Conversation

Students create a conversation between two people arguing different sides of a question. This can be done individually or as a group activity with different people adding the next part of the conversation.

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Four Corners Links

The aim of this activity is to help the students to use specialist terms in context. The idea is that students select three or more terms and then put them into a sentence. For example: 

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Chain link Table

The aim of this activity is to show how different concepts and ideas can link together. Students are given a table with letters across the top and numbers down the side. Inside the table are your concepts, theories, criticisms or sociologists. The students then have to make co-ordinate chains to show how they link.

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