Sentence Stems Display
Most of the students I teach are of Egyptian nationality. Although their spoken social English is excellent, they are very capable to tell me what they have done over the weekend, their academic (spoken and written) English is underdeveloped. When I ask them to explain how they got to an answer, to debate a particular view or to discuss the features of an isosceles triangle for instance, they have great difficulty to communicate their thoughts. To develop their academic language I have create sentence stems which I display on all the walls of my classroom. As a result students, regardless the direction they are facing, are always confronted with the sentence stems. During class time I will actively refer to the stems and encourage students to use them in their replies to me and each other. As a plenary I occasionally ask students to reflect upon their learning using three sentence stems (which they choose themselves) and write them down in their learning diary. I have added these stems (which I personally got laminated for durability) in the file below. So feel free to download and share with fellow teachers as long as they are used for educational purposes. Please send me any feedback if you have any! Thank you!
Answer NO, Solution YES poster
A nice display to remind students that the road leading to an answer is far more interesting and fun than the answer itself. I point at the poster in my classroom regularly when I encourage students to write down their workings. I got the idea of this display on Twitter. Feel free to download the file below and use it in your classroom.
QR-Code Revision Maps
These posters make a nice display in a classroom or corridor too. They encourage students to be resourceful and also use the internet as a source for their studies. You can also use them as part of your lesson and use them to differentiate learning. You can download the poster below. Best is to print it on A3 and I have laminated them too for durability. Let me know if your students are using them!
PRET Homework for students
I have started to create my own PRET homework activities for my students. PRET (Practise, Recall, Extend and Think) homework is a concept I found on Twitter from @mathsjem and @Dirt_expert. I have added a section 'help' with a QR-code for students who struggle to find assistance and guidance at home. There are many good activities already available at http://prethomework.weebly.com/ but I always like to create my own anyway. So feel free to use my activities with your students. Answer-keys you can find on the second page of each document. More activities will follow over time.