Silent Discussion

This week’s teachng tip I saw delivered by Zoe (biology) and Katie (history) on last week’s OTP.  Thank you to you both for sharing!

Show a picture (they showed a very moving picture).  Pupils are in a pair/group of three.  Each group has a piece of sugar paper and a different coloured marker pen. 

Tell pupils they are not allowed to talk, they are to write on the paper firstly how the picture makes them feel and secondly what else they would like to know about the picture. 

The use of different coloured pens made it clear who had made an input.  Collaboration was evident but in a form other than verbal as instantly the pupils will reflect and write back to each other.

Progress could then be demonstrated by using these at the end of the lesson to add to/annotate and see what new learning has taken place.