Bright Ideas

The Big Draw- Thinking Outside

This week, I have been reflecting upon the importance of encouraging our students to Think Outside. I was reminded of the importance and benefits of working outside when we delivered a whole year group David Hockney art workshop...

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Programmes of Study

I was recently on a learning walk and spotted a brilliant idea in History. Every KS3 student is given a “programme of study” to stick in their exercise books. It gives them information on exactly what topics they...

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Bright Ideas – Retrieval Practice

https://www.retrievalpractice.org  This website has a wealth of information about why and how retrieval practice can be incorporated into lessons.  At the moment they are offering a ‘Metacognition Template’ download, and they...

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Bright Ideas – Quick Quizzes

I was reminded of this idea, whilst observing a lesson. A great starter is a quick quiz with up to 10 questions for students to answer. This helps students to remember what they were learning about in the last lesson and help...

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Bright Ideas: The One Word Plenary

Give students a couple of minutes at the end of a lesson to prepare a one word response to questions about the lesson. In group work, questions such as “Who generated the most effective ideas today?” will allow you to visually...

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Bright Ideas – Rough Guides

Introducing new topics to students can be quite tricky. You want to engage students from the very beginning but this can be particularly difficult if the content is quite challenging or abstract. How students respond in that...

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