Category Archives: Teaching tips

You Tube voice over

This tip was shared back in May and is something I stole from a teacher on twitter.  Students watched a slow motion clip of a javelin thrower and prepared a voice over to share with a partner.  The voice over included an analysis of muscles contracting/relaxing and also some analysis of the technique to link to our practical work.  I am sure something similar could be used in other subjects in some way.  Please do share an idea if you have done this or something similar before.  Powerpoint attached.

For those using One Note, I am preparing something similar for them to complete in the collaboration space where they will record their voice over on the device directly to One Note.  If you are interested in One Note and want a mini session, get in touch.

You Tube Voice Over Javelin Throw

Revision resources

Attached are some templates that I have prepared for Year 11 back in April that you may be able to adapt for your subject.

Tic Tac Know

A noughts and crosses style activity where students have to link three keywords from a topic together.  Then they will try to think of keywords for another topic with the challenge being where to place them on the grid.

Board rush

I have shared the original version of board rush before which I found extremely effective, see here

On this version I have written an answer and in pairs students are going to write as many questions that they can think of on post it notes and stick them on the board.  They will get a point per question.

12 Minute Recall

A clock style template which could be adapted for a wide range of things.

1.1 Tic Tac Know

1.1 Board Rush Question Version

1.2 CV System 12 Minute Knowledge Recall

Writer’s palette

This week’s tip has come from the book ‘Make Every Lesson Count’ which is excellent and well worth dipping into.

The writer’s palette is a simple strategy that can be put in place to challenge students to produce better writing.  It can include key terms and definitions which some students tend to omit from their answers, resulting in a loss of marks for AO1.  It could also be used with some anonymised papers.

The authors talk about the re-drafting process and the positive effect it can have, but that it can sometimes become just a tidy version of the original.  They write about ‘layered writing’ which I am sure is not new to most people.  Each layer slowly increases the quality of the written response.

There are English examples shown in the book that can be easily adapted to suit the needs of any subject area.  Students check through their work crossing off the points that they think they have covered.  It provides scaffolding and extension to develop their work.   Following this they redraft their work.

Learning grid

Below is a an activity that I have used to support the development of the extended question.  Instructions are on the sheet.  It was designed to give them time to discuss in pairs before attempting the answer at the bottom.  You will need two dice per pair for this.

It should work in any subject area and is specifically linked to the assessment objectives.

3.2 Components of Fitness Dice Activity


Attached is a teaching tip sent to me by Helen and here is how she is going to be using it:

I am printing out to A3 size and each table will take a different section. The second slide I have given a few examples to show to the students. This is used to make links, consolidate understanding and for revision purposes as they have to compare and contrast the poems.

Themes Mindmaps

Apply It

Attached is a resource that I have used with my Year 11’s.

 There is a master template I created for your use.  I have copied the slides into a word document and I will be giving them an A3 copy to write on.  I am going to have them do it in blue/black and then add to it in red where they have gaps in knowledge so that I can address these.

 3.3 Apply It Principles of Training

Apply It Master

Revision Clock

The resource attached give students 5 mins on each section of a topic.

Go to for some more information.

I used it last year with our coloured pen system as a bit of a diagnostic, they added what they could remember and then after some revision added missing content with their red pens.  Useful for them and me to see where we needed to focus.