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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?
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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?
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?
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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