April 30, 2011

Seating Plan and No Hands Up – Tuesday 26 April – Year 8

I had a very successful year 8 lesson today. I am quite pleased. I managed to implement a lot of what I learnt in the last week of term and had a very good lesson with some strong feedback.

I have introduced a new seating plan, am using the ‘no hands up’ rule and have just overall improved the work they do and the way I teach. All have had massively positive results.

The seating plan was well thought through and everyone now sits in L shapes. Two boys and two girls. I have sat the worst one’s on their own and the whole class has been reshaped. It helped that I asked the class teacher to enforce this as they listened to him a lot more than they would to me. I had put up the seating plan on the door and they all found their seats themselves. 3 out of 23 complained but Sir and I both managed to make it work. All in all they are quite ok with it. It eliminates the amount of choice they have at the start so less time wasted.

The no hands up went down surprisingly well too! I wrote all their names on individual lollipop sticks and whenever I asked a question or wanted answers to questions I would pull out a stick and that pupil would have to answer. At one point when I was going over answers to some questions that were on the board I forgot to pull out the sticks and it was endearing to hear the pupils say “Miss use the sticks!”.

The progress the pupils made was also right on point. They got as far as I wanted, with some pushed towards Level 6 work.

I managed to chunk up the lesson a lot more, with a variety of tasks and slow progression, but it being quite apparently there. Giving the pupils time to go to work and then pulling them back. It was the first time I felt in charge of all them, using the lesson to bring them back in and let them do work on their own. It worked.

I also tried the EXIT TICKET and this was very successful. 

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  1. N Roger

    The use of the sticks is a very interesting idea, did you find that all of the class was engaged due to the random nature of their names being called out or did you have to improvise to make sure all students had a chance to answer questions?

    02 May 2011, 10:31

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