Stuck with an effective way to teach and plan your lessons? Look no further. By splitting your lessons into 3 parts: Input; Activity; Review, you will allow greater structure and clarity in your lessons for you and students.
In today’s CPD we used Table tennis as a way of using Input, Activity, Review.
This stage is about introducing the lesson and giving the students the knowledge to apply to the tasks that you set them. This begins by the teacher sharing and specifying the learning objectives and outcomes, so that the lesson direction is clear again to you and your students. Following onwards pupils should be engaged with the ‘Hook’ which is a settling activity to engage students as they enter the classroom.
Set the task for the students and give them time to get on with the task set. Sometimes as teachers we struggle to let go of the reigns, and allow the pupils the time and the space necessary to engage and grow through independent work. By allowing pupils the time to engage with the activity and refer back to learning outcomes, pupils are able to develop more autonomous learning skills. In practical subjects it is easier perhaps to allow fight or flight attitude towards students learning as it is important for pupils to know that it is OK to get things wrong. This develops perseverance which is an important life skill for students.
In this part of the lesson pupils would be led back to the learning objectives and outcomes and given the opportunity to reflect on their learning and the work completed also. At this point questioning can be used effectively to gauge the level of understanding of students. Questioning methods such as random name generators; quiz with Kahoot; Pose, Pause, Pounce, Bounce; or questions on a beach ball, are simple ideas of ways to identify learners needs for future lessons. An alternative review method could be whole class engagement activities where the learning is reviewed through a series of games. These could be hot seat, head bands, pass the chicken, socrative. (Ideas on Teachhub.com) There is also good ideas of review activities on the TES including this template which has been adapted to reflect ICT review activities we offer in the school.
You can complete this cycle between 1-3 times, depending on the suit and ability of your class. With a more able class, you may find that you have to add extension tasks, or quicken the pace in which they complete the cycles. Or alternatively, you may set them more challenging concepts and therefore they will require longer to do the activity, to create independence.
Why plan and each this way?
It is easy, stress free and more importantly allows progress to be ascertained very quickly. The review sections of your cycle are crucial. It is imperative you are checking constantly and asking questions and AFl tools to gauge where your learners are at, and how you can help them reach their end goal.
It is an expectation that all teachers at Westfield Academy teach this way- to ensure our pupils are getting the best possible education and teachers have high expectations which cater for every student in our school.
Click here for a model lesson on Input-activity-review