It’s that time of year when we’re looking for ideas to take the tedium out of revision. Here are five quick ideas you can use to do just that!
- Response cards
Students hold up cards (yes / no or true / false) to show their thinking. Use as a starter, plenary or springboard for discussion.
Split the class in half. One half become the outside of the circle, the others the inside. Swap at intervals for new partners.
- Musical movement
Students should move around the classroom to the music and pair up when it stops. Repeat for a new partner to develop ideas. I have an incentive that if I hear some excellent discussion from a student they get to pick the music for the next round.
- Learning Coach
Student A practises a skill while partner B “coaches” them. They then swap roles. This works really well for exam question preparation.
- Quiz and trade
Give each student a question card and ask them to find a partner to quiz. Then they should swap cards and find a new partner.