Monthly Archives: April 2013

April INSET – Every teacher a teacher of literacy

Socratic discussion

Some fantastic resources and slides from Melissa and Amy’s sessionon verbal and written literacy, including how to manage and scaffold socratic discussion activities.

INSET Literacy April 2013

Socratic circle cards

Self-assessment socratic stickers

Prompts for a good discussion

Grammar stickers

Verbal literacy evaluation sticker


April INSET – Deep learning and ‘Wow’ factor.

deep learning pic

Some really thought-provoking slides from Peter and Harrison’s session on shifting away from ‘pace of activities’ to ‘pace and depth of learning’. Plus a full set of ideas and resources for adding ‘Wow’ factor to lessons.

Deep Learning INSET April 2013



The Eight Motivation Triggers




April INSET resources

We had a fantastic array of training sessions on our start of term INSET day last week. I thought it would be a good idea to make the handouts, slides and stimulus activities from as many of thse sessions as possible available to everyone. So the next few posts on the blog will be INSET resources. They should all be downloadable with a click or two.

First, attached here are Katie’s and Peter’s overview presentations on teaching and learning and behaviour management.

T&L INSET April 2013

Behaviour INSET April 2013

Thanks to everyone who led and participated in them last week.

T & L activity of the week – Learning grids

Learning grid

This strategy is a useful revision activity that can be used in many different ways – to practise skills, make comparative judgements or encourage creative thinking.

       This activity works best when students produce their own learning grid – in each cell they write or draw a issue/skill relevant to the lesson topic;

       In pairs, students roll a dice to determine which cell they will explain;

       They then explain the topic in the cell to their partner and explain how it is related to the previous cell;

       In English, each cell could be a different descriptive writing technique and students roll the dice and then write a sentence using that technique;

       In Maths, this activity could be used to simplify algebraic expressions by removing brackets. In pairs, students use the dice to identify two cells and then work together to expand and simplify the expression.