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Starters and Plenaries. Learning Styles. Starters. What makes an effective starter? What is their purpose? What are the pitfalls?. During successful INTERACTIVE starters; Pupils engage Pupils understand LOs There is a sense of pace Pupils are on-task Pupils are challenged

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Starters and plenaries

Starters and Plenaries

Learning Styles


Starters

Starters

  • What makes an effective starter?

  • What is their purpose?

  • What are the pitfalls?


Starters and plenaries

  • During successful INTERACTIVE starters;

  • Pupils engage

  • Pupils understand LOs

  • There is a sense of pace

  • Pupils are on-task

  • Pupils are challenged

  • Pupils are well-managed

  • Previous learning can be checked, with links to new learning


Whiteboards

Whiteboards

  • Loads of different uses

  • Off the cuff starters, plenaries and giving instant feedback on understanding

  • Examples:

    • Pictionary

    • Recaps- list 3 things you found out last lesson

    • 60 second challenge

    • List 5 advantages of..

    • Draw a diagram to show….


Pictionary

Pictionary

  • Great for revising diagrams and keywords

  • You or the students come up with the event/keyword/topic/person

  • Students play in pairs.

  • Students draw the word without speaking or writing

  • Use the whiteboards


Post it notes

Post it notes

  • Post it notes or stickers on forehead

  • Pupils work out keyword by asking neighbour questions which receive yes/no answers


Blockbusters

Blockbusters

  • A generic version can be used. See example. This one is good for analysis.

  • Alternatively, students can make their own up based on particular topics.

  • Excellent for re-cap of content.


Verbal tennis

Verbal Tennis

  • Play in teams of 3 (one is the umpire) or divide class into 2 groups

  • Sides take turns to say a word related to the current topic

  • No words can be repeated

  • Repeated words or hesitation loses the point

  • Scored as tennis


Countdown

Countdown

  • Based on Countdown Conundrum

  • Easy to set up

  • Can use extension questions based on key word

  • Can be played individually or in two teams


Topic taboo

Topic Taboo

  • Great for keywords, concepts, events, people etc.

  • Students can create cards by writing the key word at the top and then 5 words below it which the describer cannot use.

  • To play the game, divide the class in two. Students have a minute to describe as many cards as they can to their team for a point. If they pass or use a key word, a point goes to the other team.


Some examples cont

Some examples cont….

  • The examples you have come across

  • Read the 50 ideas for starters. Which would be most beneficial in your classroom?


Your ideas

Your ideas


Plenaries

Plenaries

  • What makes an effective plenary?

  • What is their purpose?

  • What are the pitfalls?

  • Read the first 2 pages of the booklet.

  • What are the salient points?


Your examples

Your examples


Some examples

Some examples

  • The examples you have come across

  • Read the 55 ideas for plenaries. Which would be most beneficial in your classroom?

  • ….and if all else fails, use the envelope idea


Our plenary

Our Plenary

  • The envelope idea

  • Choose a number


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