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Another New Power Teaching Review Game – Beachball Baffler

Posted by watseducation on January 12, 2009

Again this one is not my idea but I received it in an e-mail from Classroom Power – it has come from Chris Biffle via Teachmaster J at Classroom Power (See the link on an earlier post).

I just thought this one sounded  fun and would share!

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Guess what, folks! Power Teaching has another new review game. Read on as Chris Biffle explains how to play Beachball Baffler:

“In addition to Mind Soccer, I suggest you try Beach Ball Baffler as a reward that students work for on the Scoreboard. All you’ll need is a beach ball. Here’s how to play …

1. Toss the ball toward the class. One (or more people) bounce it into the air.
2. While the ball is in the air, you ask a short question, “What is 4 times 4?”, or “What is the capital of Brazil?” … any review question you wish (have a list in front of you so you don’t have to think them up!)
3. The class must answer the question in chorus before the ball comes down.
4. Then the ball is batted into the air again by the next person … you ask another question … and so forth.
5. The goal is to see how many times the ball can be batted into the air before either the ball hits the ground or a fair number of the class isn’t answering or giving a wrong answer …

To increase the tension, the class only gets three tries (their goal is to break their previous best class record) … increase the difficulty and interest in the game by posing harder questions or by waiting until the ball is drifting down before posing a question (and thus your students have a shorter time to answer) … or have half the class volley the ball to the other half of the class, etc. Introduce the idea of levels and keep making the game harder and harder. Beach Ball Baffler could last for months!

One final note … if anyone complains about anything, your scorekeeping, a classmate’s failure to hit the ball, anything … that automatically reduces the number of hits earned. So, for example, the class kept the ball in the air for 10 hits … but Jane complained about John’s miss-hit and someone else complained that the ref, you, wasn’t throwing the ball correctly … those two complaints reduce the score to 8 …”

This one should be a lot of fun. I can already see it being effective in nearly any subject area. For additional changeups you might substitute a large balloon if you are in a smaller or younger classroom. Make sure you have spares for either a balloon or a beachball.

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For more information on Power Teaching – there are some links and videos on this blog!

You have to admit, your class will love this, mine will! I’ll let you know how it goes.

Mr W.

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Learning Clips

Posted by watseducation on January 8, 2009

I stumbled across this site, Learning Clips.

I am not sure what i was looking for but it is really good.

This is what they say about themselves…

Learning Clip is an online resource to support teachers, teaching assistants and parents implementing the renewed primary mathematics framework.
Click to try some Learning Clips now

The resources are structured to follow precisely the learning objectives of the renewed framework. For ease of navigation the resources are also listed by topic.

The clips are being offered free of charge to all schools during the development phase. In return we aim to encourage feedback and make the material highly user driven, focusing especially on:

  • reducing preparation time
  • enhancing the learning experience for pupils
  • providing opportunities for delegation
  • resources that match precisely the requirements of the curriculum
  • a standardised easy to use format
  • ease of access and availability on demand

Learning Clips are delivered entirely online, on demand. This approach results in a very flexible resource – teachers can access what they need when they need it and the resources are easily updated and enhanced to meet changing requirements.

I hope you find it useful…

Mr W.

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The Romans – Make and Do!

Posted by watseducation on September 21, 2008

Here are some more ‘Creative’ resources for The Romans.

A series of make and do activities for your class. All should prove to be great fun and all provide opportunities to develop skills across the curriculum.

Celtic Roundhouse

K’Nex Ballista

Face Pot

Jewellery

Knucklebones

Roman Clothes for a Doll

Roman Recipes

Soldier Costume

Writing Tablet

They aren’t all my own work! (Although I did put them into Word!) They are from this site which has loads of good quality resources.

http://museums.ncl.ac.uk/reticulum/funstuffSub.htm

Hope these are useful, and if you know of any good sites for the Romans – please let me know!

(I also make this picture into a 6ft Roman Soldier using Block Posters, it looks awesome!)

Mr W.

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Roman Topic Resources

Posted by watseducation on September 1, 2008

I have had a hunt around and found some resources for my Roman topic.

I thought that they might be useful to some people.

Let me know what you think!

Building a Roman Road

KS2-3 A Roman Learning Journey

Romans Topic Pack

Make Roman Sandal with Diagram

Nuffield DT – Roman Mosaics

Info Card – All items in Impedimenta

Assorted History Websites

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Great for Topic Plannning

Posted by watseducation on August 29, 2008

I was searching…as we do at this time of year for someone elses planning on which to base mine!

I stumbled, literally, across this site:

Brendan is Teaching

You have to be logged in to browse and download and you gain credits for download by uploading your own stuff – but found some really nifty stuff!

I recommend a look!

Mr W.

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What’s Your Topic in September?

Posted by watseducation on July 25, 2008

I found this really good site that you might like a look at at:

Topic Box

Loads of interactive resources and ideas for all sorts of EYFS, KS1 and KS2 topics.

Definitely well worth a look!

Mr W

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Science Tube

Posted by watseducation on July 24, 2008

Yes, it is what you think!

Like YouTube but for Science!

A massive range of videos showing science experiments, concepts, ideas etc…

Very nifty and useful!

Science Tube

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Film Education – Film Club

Posted by watseducation on July 14, 2008

I found a link to this website on another Blog.

It told me about Film Club.

FILMCLUB offers its member schools something you won’t find anywhere else – free access to a huge range of fantastic movies from every era and corner of the world, made for every age group.

Once you join, you can instantly start choosing movies from FILMCLUB’s collection of 1600 titles.

Simply pick which film you want to watch, order it and we’ll deliver it to you.

Visit the site to find out more.

I don’t know any specific detail but it is worth a visit – there is some very interesting stuff!

Mr W.

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