Education, Teaching Strategies

Quick and Effective Lesson Ideas #6 – Four fun ways to demonstrate student progress!

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!

Education, Teaching Strategies

Quick and effective lesson ideas #3 – The Recall Challenge

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!

Education, Teaching Strategies

Quick and effective lesson ideas #2 – The Research Review

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.

Education, Teaching Strategies

Quick and effective lesson ideas #1 – Post-it Pass the Parcel!

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..."

Conference Papers, Education

Shakespeare, Schools, and Student Wellbeing: the “Shake-in-a-Day” Project

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.

Education, Essays

Teaching Shakespeare at Key Stage 4: Language, Structure, and Form

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.