Stop Time-Wasting!

@TeacherToolkitIn 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account through which he rapidly became the ‘most followed teacher on social media in the UK’. In 2015, he was nominated as one of the ‘500 Most Influential People in Britain’ by The Sunday… Read more about @TeacherToolkitHave you ever taught a lesson that didn’t go according to plan? I’m sure you have …“My wall clock stopped and I lost all concept of time! I nearly sent my class home ten minutes early!”Have you ever misread your watch or classroom wall clock and finished your lesson off too early? I know I have. We all know, that great teaching occasionally, requires, time-filler ideas for lessons which finish a wee-bit early!This can be simply down to a lapse in concentration or a break in routine such as a timetable change; a collapsed-timetable due to external events, such as a snow-day or an early closure for open evenings and so on. Whatever it is, there are various reasons that can cause a slight distraction of thought. So, with ‘possible chaos’ in mind, and before you discover that you’ve released 20-30 students out into the corridors, consider how to avoid that grumpy senior leader marching up to your classroom door …Image: ShuttersrtockHere are some ideas for use with any class and any subject. This list is endless!5-minute time-filler strategies:Discuss a topic from today’s news.If you were Prime Minister, what would you do?If you were Headteacher, what would you keep in this school? Get rid of?And your specialist subject is?Make the teacher say yes or no.The more unusual the idea, the better …Lesson-related ideas:The flying-aeroplane technique: Stand two groups on opposite sides of the classroom; each group writes down on the model-plane, ‘what they have learnt today.’ Then ask students to throw the paper-planes to the other team. The other team catches, opens and reads the plane, then flies it back! Chaos, but a real attention-grabber!Recap on the learning. Create a quick keyword spelling test or a subject quiz.Provide references for the next lesson. As a group, students form their own lessons objectives for the next lesson. This must include an extended learning objective with challenge.Discussion: what will you be studying next week? Next term? Next year?Closed questions (sometimes silly; agree or disagree; yes or no.) get pupils to move to areas of the classroom.Image: ShutterstockTeachers Tip: During a lesson, if you ever release students too early, take note of your timings and pace. Create your own list of last-minute time-filler activities so you can pull ideas out of the hat to suit the context of the class. This will prepare you for all those (future) dizzy moments!Have a few ideas of your own? Please write them down in the comments below for everyone else to read.You can read more of these types of ideas here, or tweet it?TT. Related

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