What’s inside my head? – a quick and easy plenary

This is activity involves the teaching thinking of a key word/event/idea related to a topic. The person/people who are doing the guessing need to write 1/2/3 on a piece of paper. The person who is giving the clues asks the group to guess the key word/event/idea they are thinking of by giving three clues to the answer. On each clue, the group members write down beside their 1, 2, 3 what they think the word is. The clues range from the very broad to the last that is highly focused. Each clue is a separate round.

Key event – Dunkirk Evacuation
Clue one – Event in the Second World War.
Clue two – Happened in 1940
Clue three – Involved the BEF crossing the English Channel.

The Pen of Power – a starter that checks understanding of learning objectives

This little starter with minimal preparation was taken from Claire Gadsby’s recent book, Perfect Assessment for Learning. I presented this at a couple of recent workshops called Signposting Progress as well as had excellent feedback on this strategy by my friend @kelliano35 who is a Head of Art at a Bedfordshire school. The Pen of Power starter is as follows –

Begin by giving a randomly selected student to use ‘the pen of power’ to highlight key words within the objective presented on the board and to explain their choices. This encourages the student to talk about the objective and annotating it to show their understanding.

US tactics in the Vietnam War resources

This PowerPoint outlines the key features of US tactics during the Vietnam War and comes with two activities – a series of anagrams based on the key vocab of the topic which can be used as a starter and a learning grid which can be used as a lengthy plenary to check progress and understanding. For more about learning grids, please see a previous post of this blog which outlines this activity in detail. I used this with my Y11 class.

US tactics Vietnam War