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ESOL – Literacy – Numeracy

Austin’s Butterfly – Using peer feedback to improve

In this video, Ron Berger demonstrates how 1st grade students in the US (aged 6-7) helped 1st grader Austin to improve his drawing of a tiger swallowtail butterfly. Through a series of critiques and revisions from his classmates, Austin went from producing a fairly generic drawing of a butterfly to a scientifically accurate drawing of…

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topmarks.co.uk

Topmarks is a collection of resources covering a wide range of subjects, from English and maths to business studies and ICT. Some of the resources are directly from Topmarks, such as the ‘Hit the Button‘ and ‘Teddy Numbers‘ maths games, while others are links to resources from other sites. Many of the resources are interactive….

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Free worksheets

Here are my top websites for worksheets: Skillsworkshop has worksheets covering ESOL, literacy, numeracy and IT. There is a very useful search option which allows you to find resources by subject area (e.g. speaking, reading and writing) as well as by level. BusyTeacher has an extensive range of resources for teaching English covering areas such…

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Plickers – real time assessment without the need for student devices

Plickers is an app that lets you carry out real time assessment in the classroom without the need for student devices. It is an alternative to clickers such as Qwizdom and students’ own devices, which are commonly referred to as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). There has been a range of BYOD apps that put…

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Infographics: more than just a pretty picture

At the end of the academic year, staff at the organisation where I work were asked to showcase¬† the results of supported experiments (action research) which we had worked on during the year. I wanted to create an infographic to show some of the experiments that my group had been involved in. Presenting information graphically…

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maths-starters.co.uk

maths-starters.co.uk contains a range of activities that can be used as a nice way of starting off a maths lesson. Although the objective of each activity is not immediately obvious, they can quite easily be figured out with a bit of clicking. What’s particularly good about the activities is that they can be customised via…

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City & Guilds ESOL Level 1 Practice Materials (4692)

Here are some links to practice materials: City & Guilds online and pdf practice tests National literacy test reading papers PET practice tests from flo-joe.co.uk PET practice tests from englishaula.com

Real Time Assessment – Kahoot! or Socrative?

I think I am somewhat fortunate to work for an organisation that is well-equipped technology-wise, with many classrooms having enough computers for every student. This enabled me to start experimenting with real-time assessment apps a few years ago, initially with Qwizdom and then InfuseLearning, which was a particular favourite of mine. Sadly, InfuseLearning was a…

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Wordshapes for practising spelling

In some cases, visualising the shape of a word may be useful for helping the student to remember its spelling. For example, the following wordshape can be useful for some students who want to remember how to spell ‘Wednesday’: ESOL learners often omit the letter ‘d’ in Wednesday, so visualising the outline above could help…

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Find the mistakes

This was spotted in a shop window in London in May 2016 by one of my students. How many mistakes can you find? (Phone numbers have been edited)

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