We love it when staff take an idea which they have seen or discussed at an INSET session or Learning Lunch, and then adapt it or let it evolve into something which really works for them, their lesson, their subject and their pupils. This post by Sue Lutz (Head of Languages) is just such a gem. Thanks Sue.
By Sue Lutz
The most recent Teaching & Learning INSET session focused on questioning, which was very timely for me as I was preparing my Year 7 German class for a speaking assessment. When the pupils came into the classroom, they all had to write a question, which was related to the topic we had been doing, on a slip of paper. These all went into a plastic screw top jar which became our “parcel” for Pass the Parcel. Further inspired by children’s party games, we then played “Musical Questions” (like Musical Chairs). I had written questions on pieces of sugar paper which were laid face down on the floor. When the music stopped, a few pupils had to be standing on each piece of sugar paper. They could then uncover the question and work out how they would answer it. The groupings were random as I encouraged them to dance around while the music was playing so they were not with their friends all the time. The next time I do this, I will put numbers on the back of each piece of sugar paper which will be the maximum number of pupils allowed on that piece of paper when the music stops. In this way, I will be able to engineer a larger group to deal with a more difficult question. I will also take pieces of sugar paper away so that I gradually remove the more difficult questions.