13. Assessment Strategies – Within England, teachers were faced with the withdrawal of assessment levels, with greater ‘freedoms’ given for assessing. This caused general panic as schools were still accountable by inspection regimes. Our survey revealed that teachers took comfort and inspiration from other teachers who were faced with the same situation, sharing strategies and options being explored.
14. Books, Books, Books – The education community is abuzz with many fantastic books to help teachers develop their practice – and books regularly pop up on twitter which has helped in some aspect. We regularly review new publications – click here to view over 40 inspiring books.
15. DIRT Feedback – A popular and regular search term on ukedchat.com, DIRT Feedback stands for ‘Dedicated Improvement and Reflection Time‘, mainly aimed at secondary aged pupils (11+), although some aspects are already embedded within primary practice. Explore further by clicking here.
16. Specific Science Demonstrations – Gaining ideas and inspiration to demonstrate tricky scientific concepts is a lot easier by following many great science teachers on Twitter, who share their demonstrations and concepts with colleagues which can help reinvigorate the teaching and learning process. The volcano is now dead.
17. Exit Tickets – A fast and easy vehicle to get feedback from students. Can be open ended, sharing thoughts on what pupils thought was easy within the lesson, too hard, or how much they feel they learned. Technologically astute settings could manage this initiative using free software and sites such as Socrative.
18. Virtual Global Exchanges – Twitter allows teachers to link globally, allowing for virtual exchanges via SKYPE Classroom or other online communication tools. It is easy to explore other classrooms without leaving yours, and many teachers collaborate with classrooms on the other side of the globe easily. Why? Why not! It is easy to broaden cultural understandings, languages and explore the lives of contemporaries in other continents.
19. NaNoWriMo – Stands for, “National Novel Writing Month” and is an annual (November) novel writing project that brings together professional and amateur writers from all over the world, which has keenly been picked up by educators globally.
20. Questioning Techniques – One of the most powerful tools in the teachers kit, questioning pupils and their thinking can really help develop learning, but needs to be done with careful consideration and planning. Whether questions are philosophical or help to understand, making sure that the teacher’s techniques are honed takes time. See these ideas and resources, “Questions are the only useful things in planning! Planning how you take learning forward using questioning is SO important”.
21. Display Ideas – Faced with a HUGE blank classroom display board that really doesn’t inspire you or your pupils. Take your display to the next level by exploring ideas from your PLN on Twitter. UKEdChat sessions regularly share and look at classroom displays. Share yours. You can easily inspire.
22. Behaviour Management Techniques – Girls and boys can equally challenge the most patient teachers, but it is easy to feel isolated when trying to deal with behaviour issues in the classroom. This happens from Early Years all the way through to university classrooms. Our survey revealed that teachers turn to their PLN for support and advice, with many ideas or strategies shared.
23. SOLO Taxonomy – Proposed in the early 1980’s, the SOLO Taxonomy consists of 5 levels of understanding: Pre-structural; Uni-structural; Multi-structural; Relational, and; Extended abstract. This model describes levels of increasing complexity in student’s understanding of subjects. This was explored in this UKEdChat Session.
24. RAG 123 Plenaries – Developed by @ListerKev, the concept was to make marking a lot less time consuming, yet being of value to the pupil who could develop their work. Read this blog posting which goes into greater detail.
25. Apps & Websites – Twitter is saturated with useful links and apps worthy of exploration, and sometimes you will come across a gem which you can use with your class to help develop a learning concept. There are so many ideas, links and apps but your Twitter network will help you sort out the useful from the rubbish!