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BEING CREATIVE

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This strategy is designed to provide students time and structure for thinking on a given topic, enabling them to develop individual ideas and share these ideas with a peer.

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This strategy gives students a structure to record their understanding of what they have learned.
It also gives teachers the opportunity to identify aspects of the lesson that need more attention, as well as areas of student interest.

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Group work allows students to learn interactively as well as develop interpersonal and collaborative skills.

Students expected to participate actively prepare themselves better for class.

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Blue Sky Thinking more_vert

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This strategy is a means of kick-starting a student's imagination and compels students to provide a variety of options or ideas.

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Brainstorm... more_vert

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Brainstorm is a process encouraging students to generate ideas in a creative manner.

It gives students a chance to tap into previous knowledge and form connections with the current topic.

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Classification... more_vert

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This strategy allows students to demonstrate an understanding of relationships between things and helps them clarify concepts.

Used collaboratively, students develop communication skills and can deepen their understanding of the topic in hand.

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This is a collaborative strategy to help students prioritise key factors.

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In this strategy students work together through group vote to make informed decisions, to prioritise and reach consensus. It could be used in a Tutor Class, Year Group or Student Council to come to a democratic decision.

Dotmocracy gives every student an equal chance to have their opinion recorded even in the largest of groups.

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This strategy involves students interpreting, summarising, comparing and contrasting information using a different form of representation, generating new information and knowledge by adapting, designing and representing information digitally.

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This strategy gives students a structure to summarise and represent visually what they have learned. It improves long-term memory of factual information.

After teaching a topic coggle could be used to summarise, organise and visualise the topic. It could also be used as a brainstorming exercise to summarise prior knowledge at the beginning of a topic.

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This activity gives all students the opportunity to work individually, to share ideas and learn from each other in a cooperative small-group discussion

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Provides all students with an opportunity to engage in thinking at the evaluation level of Bloom's taxonomy.

A Ranking Ladder requires students to place items on rungs of a ladder in order from least to most important, as a group activity it allows students to be challenged as to why they rank one item above or below another.

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Using Skype in the classroom is a way for teachers to introduce the world beyond the classroom walls to their students. It creates a global community of learners.

It can develop critical thinking, geography skills, listening and speaking skills. It can be both teacher and student-led. It encourages collaboration, communication and it a useful tool for research.

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This strategy gives students the opportunity to respond to questions in writing. Asking students to think and write about what they are learning promotes retention and comprehension.

These checks for understanding help students make sense of what they are learning before moving on in the lesson.

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This strategy encourages students to gather information relevant to subject or topic in question. It is particularly relevant to the key skill managing information and thinking. The students learn to design quality questions and subsequently analyse the results in order to come to valid conclusions.

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Venn Diagram... more_vert

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This strategy allows students to graphically display the similarities and differences between two items or themes. It works very well with groups allowing oral processing of learning. A very effective strategy for comparing and contrasting.

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Padlet... more_vert

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This is an online application 'a blank sheet of paper' that allows students to express their ideas on a given topic. Padlet allows students to post content relevant to a topic e.g. images, text, video, audio.

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BEING CREATIVE
Think. Pair. Share. more_vert

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Think. Pair. Share.close

This strategy is designed to provide students time and structure for thinking on a given topic, enabling them to develop individual ideas and share these ideas with a peer.

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3-2-1 more_vert

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3-2-1close

This strategy gives students a structure to record their understanding of what they have learned.
It also gives teachers the opportunity to identify aspects of the lesson that need more attention, as well as areas of student interest.

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Assigning Group Roles more_vert

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Assigning Group Rolesclose

Group work allows students to learn interactively as well as develop interpersonal and collaborative skills.

Students expected to participate actively prepare themselves better for class.

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Blue Sky Thinking more_vert

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Blue Sky Thinkingclose

This strategy is a means of kick-starting a student's imagination and compels students to provide a variety of options or ideas.

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Brainstorm more_vert

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Brainstormclose

Brainstorm is a process encouraging students to generate ideas in a creative manner.

It gives students a chance to tap into previous knowledge and form connections with the current topic.

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Classification more_vert

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Classificationclose

This strategy allows students to demonstrate an understanding of relationships between things and helps them clarify concepts.

Used collaboratively, students develop communication skills and can deepen their understanding of the topic in hand.

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Diamond 9 more_vert

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Diamond 9close

This is a collaborative strategy to help students prioritise key factors.

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Dotmocracy more_vert

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Dotmocracyclose

In this strategy students work together through group vote to make informed decisions, to prioritise and reach consensus. It could be used in a Tutor Class, Year Group or Student Council to come to a democratic decision.

Dotmocracy gives every student an equal chance to have their opinion recorded even in the largest of groups.

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Through the Lens more_vert

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Through the Lensclose

This strategy involves students interpreting, summarising, comparing and contrasting information using a different form of representation, generating new information and knowledge by adapting, designing and representing information digitally.

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Mindmap more_vert

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Mindmapclose

This strategy gives students a structure to summarise and represent visually what they have learned. It improves long-term memory of factual information.

After teaching a topic coggle could be used to summarise, organise and visualise the topic. It could also be used as a brainstorming exercise to summarise prior knowledge at the beginning of a topic.

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Placemat more_vert

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Placematclose

This activity gives all students the opportunity to work individually, to share ideas and learn from each other in a cooperative small-group discussion

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Ranking Ladder more_vert

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Ranking Ladderclose

Provides all students with an opportunity to engage in thinking at the evaluation level of Bloom's taxonomy.

A Ranking Ladder requires students to place items on rungs of a ladder in order from least to most important, as a group activity it allows students to be challenged as to why they rank one item above or below another.

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Skype more_vert

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Skypeclose

Using Skype in the classroom is a way for teachers to introduce the world beyond the classroom walls to their students. It creates a global community of learners.

It can develop critical thinking, geography skills, listening and speaking skills. It can be both teacher and student-led. It encourages collaboration, communication and it a useful tool for research.

View More

Stop and Jot more_vert

View More

Stop and Jotclose

This strategy gives students the opportunity to respond to questions in writing. Asking students to think and write about what they are learning promotes retention and comprehension.

These checks for understanding help students make sense of what they are learning before moving on in the lesson.

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Survey more_vert

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Surveyclose

This strategy encourages students to gather information relevant to subject or topic in question. It is particularly relevant to the key skill managing information and thinking. The students learn to design quality questions and subsequently analyse the results in order to come to valid conclusions.

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Venn Diagram more_vert

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Venn Diagramclose

This strategy allows students to graphically display the similarities and differences between two items or themes. It works very well with groups allowing oral processing of learning. A very effective strategy for comparing and contrasting.

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Padlet more_vert

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Padletclose

This is an online application 'a blank sheet of paper' that allows students to express their ideas on a given topic. Padlet allows students to post content relevant to a topic e.g. images, text, video, audio.

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