The rule in my IB Higher Level class is that if they forget to add +c for an indefinite integral then they have to bring cake to the following lesson. I call this +Cake (and will write this on any pieces of work I collect without it).
The excellent Ritangle competition started last week, and I introduced it to my IB HL students as a starter activity. I am going to use the problems to start lessons for a few weeks, but then will set them off to do it in their own time. We set up a team of the whole class with the team name +Cake!
If you haven't seen the competition before, it is worth a look.
We are in the final term of our year, and in preparation for launching a small scale instructional coaching programme next year, this term I am working alongside 4 colleagues to develop them as instructional coaches.
As part of our Principles of Great Teaching we have 3 Standards that we expect to be implemented in lessons:
- All classes begin with an activity that students can do as soon as they enter the classroom
- All students are expected to participate in questioning sessions, with the use of a "no hands up" policy
- All students and teachers will listen to others when they are talking
I blogged briefly about Better Conversations by Jim Knight, and produced these images on the main ideas.
People have been going on about whole class feedback a lot lately, so I decided to actually try putting together a template to structure it. I often write brief comments on a post it note, but thought it was worth trying a template structure.
Based on a few I had seen on twitter, I put together this one.