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Using mind maps to reflect on learning throughout a topic

I am a big fan of using mind maps as a way of tracking learning and understanding. I always use mind maps in Science lessons and we always create a new mind map at the start of each topic. 273 more words

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5-4-3-2-1 Summary

This is a really quick way for pupils to summarise their learning. I tend to use it at the end of a lesson where I have introduced a new concept. 119 more words

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Last Man Standing

This is an activity that can be used at any point of a lesson, in any subject, to check understanding of a topic. I find it particularly useful in Science. 172 more words

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Pimp Your Lesson!

”Pimp Your Lesson! Prepare, Innovate, Motivate and Perfect!’ By Isabella Wallace and Leah Kirkman

This book is an essential how-to guide on ways to impress your lesson observers, Head of Department and school inspectors. 667 more words

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Plenary Profiles: Erin Sullivan

We recently saw Dr Erin Sullivan on BBC’s Shakespeare’s Mother: The Secret Life of a Tudor Woman, which is still available to watch on… 244 more words


Speaker Erin Sullivan on BBC Four

Yet another plenary appeared on television last week. Historian Michael Wood consulted Dr Erin Sullivan, a lecturer and fellow with the Shakespeare Institute, for her expertise on BBC Four’s documentary… 94 more words



Planning and delivering a new course for norfolk colleagues about teaching and learning led me to reflect on my own practice.  I realised my plenaries, particularly at GCSE, had become stale and mainly focused on question and answers.  83 more words