AS Revision Translations

I suspect that most of you, like me, are thinking about what you can do after Easter to get your AS students ready for the exams.  Last year I got my AS group doing translations on the 12 prescribed topics to help them revise the vocab and grammar at the same time and I think […]

Virtual Revision

    With exams just around the corner students have started to ask me about revision sessions once they are on study leave.  In the past when I have run such classes they have never been particularly well attended as students were reluctant to travel into College just for one class.  This year I am […]

Triptico Verb Tense Revision

With the AS exams just around the corner (gulp) I have just produced a verb tense revision activity to be used at the end of my lessons over the next few weeks.  I have used my favourite IWB tool ‘Triptico’ to create a list of common verbs (both regular and irregular) to be used alongside […]

Teacher’s Report Assistant for written feedback

Last night I gave a CPD session on Teacher’s Report Assistant to some Colleagues and one of the tutors came up with a simple use for this tool that I hadn’t considered – using it to produce feedback on written work (especially for external assessment).  For those of you who haven’t seen this brilliant tool […]

Accented Characters the Easy Way

Getting students to use accents when word processing can be a bit of a challenge.  I used to try to get my students to learn the necessary alt + gr codes but these can be fiddly to use on a laptop if you haven’t got a separate numerical keypad. Also, an increasing number of students […]

Paper Ball Revision Activity

A colleague went on a conference last week and one of the ideas she came back with was a pass-the-parcel style activity involving students having to write their own exam style questions and their peers having to answer them. On a piece of scrap A4 paper each student writes down a question for somebody else […]

Back to the old school

We always try to make lessons as engaging as we can for students with interactive starters, plenaries and collaborative working wherever possible, but sometimes, for reasons often beyond our control, it isn’t possible to prepare the lessons we would like to deliver in an ideal world. Last week I had planned a lesson with my […]

Grammar at KS3-4

As somebody who currently teaches in a Six Form environment it often feels that a significant number of students begin to study A Level MfL without the necessary foundations on which to build. Out of the 30 AS students that I have this year (all of whom got A and B grades at GCSE), only […]

OneNote and the IWB

This week I am delivering CPD on ICT in the classroom and one of the topics I’m considering is the use of MS OneNote in conjunction with the IWB.  There are a number of reasons why I’m not particularly keen on the SMART software.  Firstly, in my institution we have two different makes of IWB […]

Marking made easy!

I’ve just posted under the AS/A2 Resources sections two proformas which I use to give students feedback on their Unit 1/3 essays.  Not only does it make marking a bit less tedious, but in the past my students have always found it a useful way of getting feedback.  Simply print the proforma back to back […]