Teaching idea

Interesting, and often quite general, teaching ideas.

Capital letters consequences game

Submitted by Ruth North on Fri, 2014-01-17 10:23

Literacy: Ws/E2.4, Ws/E3.4, Functional English - writing

Free tags: consequences, fun

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Game, Hands-on / practical activity, Ice breaker, Teaching idea

A recap game to practise applying knowledge of when to use capital letters. Learners supply names, dates, places and objects to create a mis-matched story.

It could also be used as an icebreaker.

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables

General: Study Skills and General Teaching, Staff development

Level: L2

Resource type: Teaching idea

This study considers the emerging issue of consciousness in pedagogy both theoretically and practically. It examines why this issue is of fundamental significance for teaching and learning. Basic assumptions are clarified and the psychological and philosophical fundamentals of consciousness theory explored.

Some surprising and counter-intuitive conclusions are reached. It is shown that in the partnership between consciousness and unconsciousness the latter is likely to be senior.

Listening Skill or How to learn phonemic awareness.

Submitted by Hugo Kerr on Tue, 2011-12-20 12:50

Literacy: Decode, Apply strategies to spell correctly

General: Study Skills and General Teaching, Staff development

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Teaching idea

The need for deliberate teaching of phonemic awareness, and a means of doing this.
A research paper followed by a useful step by step method.

New Year Activities

Submitted by Jackie McCann on Thu, 2011-12-01 11:44

Literacy: Writing, Functional English - writing

General: Autistic spectrum support

Free tags: New Year

Resource type: Discussion points, Teaching idea, Writing frame

Level: E2, E3

A set of resources created for a group 16-19 year olds with high functioning ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) but suitable for any E2-E3 literacy /Functional English student.

Involves discussion of year’s highlights, and a written reflection and prediction exercise. Finally, the students record their hopes and wishes which are then kept in sealed envelopes until l the end of the academic year (or other agreed date).

Buzz words for student reviews

Submitted by Fiona Campbell B on Fri, 2011-10-21 12:26

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond, Aims & objectives, ILPs, reflections

Resource type: Teaching idea

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

A list of buzz words I sometimes use with learners when doing reviews – helps them to come up with ideas about how they are progressing and how their learning is making a difference in their lives.

Scary or not scary!

Submitted by Linda M Hoole on Sat, 2011-09-24 10:12

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Resource type: Discussion points, Teaching idea, Warm-up

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1

I have found that many numeracy students get scared when you mention terms like percentages or fractions. I therefore developed this introductory activity for my new level 1 numeracy students. They are mostly young parents who were disengaged at school and have no mathematics qualifications.

Check your Functional Skills learning

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Fri, 2011-08-26 15:06

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond, Aims & objectives, ILPs, reflections

Resource type: Assessment material, Discussion points, Poster, Teaching idea

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

A set of posters / cards / checklists designed to prompt discussion, check learning and keep a record of student progression. Designed for Entry Level Functional Maths and English learners in an FE setting but suitable for all levels and subjects.

E2-E3 Make a cake Functional Maths revision

Submitted by Ruth Read on Mon, 2011-05-16 07:24

Numeracy: Functional Maths, Measures shape and space, General numeracy / maths

Free tags: Recipe

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Investigation or project, Revision material, Teaching idea, Worksheet or assignment

Ideas for a revision class on the theme of making a cake. I have included a cake recipe by Delia Smith and some prices of cake ingredients and items for cake decorating.

I first used this activity with a mixed group of young adult learners with a range of learning difficulties. I found it worked better to give them a list of prices rather than asking them to find their own, because then they could focus on the main tasks.

Literacy: Functional Skills English

Context: Business & Money management, Employment skills & Public services

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Reading comprehension, Teaching idea, Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Fabulous set of resources – aimed at E2-L1 Functional English but some activities are also suitable for E1 and/or L2.
10 different sets of resources encompassing a range of teaching strategies and covering many aspects of reading, writing, and discussion.

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