Top 15 and half activities to demonstrate progress in your lessons?
Below are some summaries of useful ways to demonstrate progress in your lessons across all subjects, especially if you planning to use the accelerated learning cycle and want are looking at the demonstrating phase.
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1) EXPLAIN IT TO SOMEONE ELSE
You haven’t really understood it unless you have explained it to someone else. Get students to explain new understanding, context, skill, performance or tactic to someone else.
2) HOT SEATING
Works well for those students who are confident. They act as the ‘expert’. Get them to sit in the ‘hot seat’ and answer questions from the class based on the person/role they are following.
3) WEB PAGE
Get students designing own web page based on what they have learned over a week/module. Remind students not to cut and paste, or write lots of irrelevant information.
4) PRESS CONFERENCE
Each group takes it in turn at presenting findings on a researched topic. The other groups ask questions and take notes to rush a front page scoop.
5) WALK THROUGH
Walk through the stages to learn, e.g cardiovascular system, different areas of classroom are lungs, heart, blood vessels, oxygenated and deoxygenated blood. Get the students to act as the blood cells and explain to their partner what is happening at the various stages.
6) FREEZE FRAME
A walk through that is deliberately stopped. The freeze frame is to ask students questions on what? Why? Where? How?
7) ROLE PLAY
Acting out their understanding of a particular area or stages of something.
8) MINI PRESENTATIONS
Students give a presentation on a certain area of learning. 3/4 key questions on the board for the rest of the class to give feedback and ask the presenting group questions on.
Students create own power point to show what they have learnt. Keep it to 3/4 slides, encourage use of diagrams, images and bullet points.
10) BULLET POINT SUMMARY
Students prepare a bullet point summary of key learning points in the lesson.
11) PUPPET SHOW
Students make their own puppets/props and act out their understanding of what is being learnt in the classroom to another group. The second group do the same, then there is a Q&A session between both groups at the end.
12) STORY BOARD
Create story board or cartoon strip to show their understanding.
Students interview each other and write a newspaper report giving opinions from interviewees and facts from what they have learnt.
Classroom becomes a mini market of knowledge and information. Working in groups of 3/4. 2 students stay at the stall while the other 2 search out more useful info from others stalls. They have a time limit to find out as much as possible and take it back to own stall.
15) BEAT THE EXAMINER
Students create tests/quizzes for each other with an answer sheet. They swap tests and complete what they can, test is marked and the ‘examiner’ goes through the answers with the student.
15.5) ARTISTS EASEL
Sheet of paper given with some paragraphs about topic being studied. On a separate piece of plain paper, student has to draw images, pictures, diagrams etc to show important information on what they have just read. Pair/share with someone else. Then on own select the 7 key words from the paragraphs from what you have discussed with partner. Pair/share with partner again, then come up with a mime or physical action for each word.