In this final “Quick and Effective” article, I’d like to highlight four useful and practical (and fun!) Assessment for Learning (AFL) strategies that require the bare minimum of preparation and can be implemented straight away. Each of these can be used to supplement an existing lesson or – in the cases of the first three – serve as building blocks for an entire lesson!
Whenever I need to teach a large amount of dry content in a short space of time, the Recall Challenge is my go-to strategy. It’s engaging, highly effective, and turns “cramming” into a competition – and one grounded in solid pedagogical methodology, to boot!
The trick to guaranteeing that independent research is meaningful and worthwhile lies in equipping your students with the tools that they need to succeed: step-by-step instructions, clear aims and a sense of purpose, and guidance as to what they should be looking for. Enter... the Research Review.
This is one of my favourite variations of what Alex Quigley, writer of The Confident Teacher, calls “Post it note pedagogy”. The mileage of this task depends very much on the subject and the topic; while it may not be appropriate for everything on the curriculum, it works a treat when revising concepts that provoke discussion! I sell this to my students (with tongue ever-so- slightly in cheek) as “the educational party game where everyone’s a winner..."
That lower-case "w" in "Curley's wife" stands for some terrible, terrible things. It would be nice to capitalise it, to give it the appearance of a name, to treat it as a title rather than as an insult. But we can't...
In this paper I discuss the ways in which Shakespearean performance can be used to promote student wellbeing in education. Originally presented at the BritGrad conference, June 2018.
I didn't know it at the time, but this essay marked a beginning for me: it was the first stage of a process of reflection, trial-and-error, mistakes and successes - a process that continues to this day.