Teaching idea

Interesting, and often quite general, teaching ideas.

A transcript and video link to a performance of Benjamin Zephaniah’s great poem. Great for discussion of language, dialect and oral performance and for Level 2 reading – inferring meaning, etc.

Level
L2
English
Rt/L2.2
Engage in Discussion
Speak clearly and appropriately

Useful help sheet for those of you that are ‘getting into’ Tarsia Formulator and want to know how to use the centre of each of your puzzles as a simplified version or starting point. Also gives ideas for making puzzles more challenging.
See our Good Software – Tarsia Formulator entry for more information.

Lots of ideas for using our Word Root and Letter String Maps (see below) in creative and multi-sensory ways!

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Rw/E3.5
Rw/L1.3
Rw/L2.1
Ww/E3.2
Ww/L1.1
Ww/L2.1

Reflections – Level 2 Smarties investigation is a wonderful report on a Level 2 data handling investigation.

Level
L2
Maths
Data Handling
General
Aims & objectives, ILPs, reflections

Keep your students’ skills going during the Christmas break with these ideas. 1 page for Entry level, one for Levels 1/2. Covers number, measures, shape and space, and data. Updated in 2008.

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
Maths
General numeracy / maths

A super differentiated whole group activity (E2 – L2) for spring, summer or autumn. Covers measures, area, rounding, substitution and more.

Level
E2
E3
L1
L2
Maths
MSS1/E2.5
MSS1/E3.5
MSS1/L1.4
MSS1/L1.7
MSS1/L2.6
MSS1/L1.9
MSS1/L2.7
AN N1/L1.3
N1/L2.1
N1/E2.6
N1/E3.7
N1/L1.8
AN N1/L2.4
N1/E3.9
Context
Gardening & Horticulture

A differentiated whole group (E1 – L2) activity that’s ideal for the first class after the summer break.

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
Maths
N1/E1.7
AN N1/L1.3
AN N1/E3.2
N2/L2.10
AN N1/L2.4
N1/E3.7
HD1/L1.3
HD1/E3.4
HD1/E2.5
MSS1/E3.4
HD1/E3.2
N1/E3.9
HD1/L2.2
HD1/L1.2
HD1/L2.3
HD1/L1.4
N1/E2.6
AN N1/E2.2
N2/L1.11
N2/E3.4
MSS1/L2.6
MSS1/L1.5
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

Lots of ideas here for themed Word Level starters. Give your lessons a longitudinal structure and improve students’ dictionary, speaking, spelling and vocabulary skills in small steps across the academic year. Originally used in a series of 30 lessons in a mixed ability classes (E3-L2). With suggestions for further resources and shared texts, related words, revision, spelling tips, speaking activities and more.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Ww/E3.1
Ww/E3.2
Rw/E3.1
Rw/E3.3
Rw/E3.4
Rw/E3.5
Rw/L1.1
Rw/L1.2
Rw/L1.3
Rw/L2.1
Rw/L2.2
SLc/E3.1
SLc/E3.3
SLc/L1.1
SLc/L1.3
SLc/L1.4
SLc/L2.1
SLc/L2.3
SLc/L2.4
Ww/L1.1
Ww/L2.1

Numeracy during the summer. Keep your students’ skills going during the summer break with these ideas. 1 page for Entry level, one for levels 1/2. Covers number, measures, shape and space, and data.

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
Maths
General numeracy / maths

Fabulous multi-sensory resource for introducing mind mapping to learners at all levels. Includes teaching instructions, keys words and images (best laminated), sample mind map, sample report writing exercise based on mind map, and a very useful handout: ‘How to Mind Map’.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L1.1
Wt/E3.1