Reflecting back on ‘Pass It On’, it is truly unbelievable that it all started on the 3rd of May. The progress that has been made is incredible; with staff sharing ideas left, right and centre!
It all culminated in this CPD day on Tuesday 2nd July.
Staff were told to collect parcels from B100 before 9.30am. We arrived with parcels at 8.30am to find a number of staff stood waiting for them! I knew it was going to be a day filled with enthusiasm from the start.
Their package contained instructions, and so the fun ensued in hitting the deadline!
Hopefully everyone had completed their activities and rooms by the point they had entered the canteen for Lesley’s speech!
Middle of the day barbecue
After filling their bellies with delicious food- thanks to the catering lecturer, staff collected their maps (via QR codes) to follow an exploratory route around the incredible activities on offer.
They would vote along the way (on a way too complicated form it turns out- lessons learnt for next year!) and prizes would be given out later.
Staff were requested to return to the canteen by 2.45pm. This is where they would drop off any last minute voting forms (not already posted in boxes around the building) and await the results with a free cup of tea/ coffee.
Sorting the votes was a nightmare quite frankly. Remind me why we decided not to use technology for this again?! After finally sorting a solution, with the help of James Kieft, Melanie Medhurst and Nick Hill, I was ready (ish) to take the mic and address the crowds!
These were the amazing activities on offer and I was impressed by the effort, enthusiasm and competitive spirit.
Well done Reading College! You were truly OUTSTANDING. Let’s keep passing it all on in September!
A levels and Access- They won the prize for the most effective ‘share’ activity.
Welcome to the dinner party lesson!
Recall and Review
Balloons- used to teach psychology students theory about childhood. An experiment of popping balloons to assess how reactions change each time. It’s an exploration of how babies begin to develop expectations about what something will be.
Paper chains- link parts of an essay together gradually. Helps to split up that long writing process! Students write 1 element of each of their essay paragraphs on each separate paper chain.
Concept mapping- students put down knowledge of a topic and then links are made from one subject to another. Allows them to connect, use higher order thinking skills and recap a topic in a detailed way. The tablecloths mean they can be kept safe for later!
Musical instruments- Sax- use these for sounds during lessons- to stop and start activities or to indicate an answer that needs adding to during discussion or questioning. Guitar- This is used as a ‘Pass the parcel’ activity. When the music stops, whoever is holding the guitar, has to speak/ ask a question.
Magnet board- have clues on the board about a topic or a keyword. Students write what they think it is from the clues.
Paper chains- students use the red, green and yellow to assess their knowledge of a subject. They can then link up with someone with a green if they’re a red etc.
Molecules- students form their molecules from polystyrene shapes and cocktail sticks.
The BITE (Business, IT and Enterprise) Department- They won the Pass It On prize for the most effective ‘connect’ activity.
And here are pictures of all the aspects they described. Try tweeting @EducationAlex (Alex Warner) for further information on any of these aspects.
Balloons- How would you get to these balloons at different heights? What equipment would you need?
Paper plates: Spinning quiz plate. Match to labelled topic plates that had quadrants on the reverse for students to write quiz questions for others.
Inflatable microphone- ‘The Conch’. Learners pass it to one another. Only the person holding it can speak.
Juggling balls- students juggle the balls. When they drop one, it has a letter on it. That letter corresponds with a question/ an activity.
Whistles- ‘whistle blower’. Students read through information in groups. They’re given a whistle each and they blow it as soon as they spot an error- in content, English or maths.
Wooden wheels for calculation of Pi. Students pick a circle and whatever its size, they roll it across the page and see that they get Pi every time!
Duplo blocks-These were used as a communication exercise. 4 teams would be created. Half the members from each team leave the room. The other half construct a structure, note what it is and dismantle. The others return and have to construct the structure. 1 team- use verbal instruction only. 1 team- verbal and written instruction. 1 team- using verbal, written and sketches. 1 team- all 3 plus elevation drawings. The results would be compared.
Coloured paper chains used as traffic lights.
Creative Arts- They won the ‘Pass It On’ prize for the most creative use of balloons.
If anyone has any pictures or details of activities- please forward!
English and Maths- They won the ‘Pass It On’ prize for the most creative use of paper plates.
Straws- these were used along with string for students to create their own shapes. These shapes can then be used to make various calculations.
Small containers- these were split into lids and boxes. The lids had words on them and learners had to match them to the boxes that contained synonyms of each word.
Paper chains- these were used for sentence formations. Students were given a sentence and plates of adjectives and adverbs that they could add into the sentences.
They could also be used as wristbands. These had different numbers on them and could be used to change groups throughout lessons. For example, students could be asked to match up with other students who were factors of their own number..
Paper plates and straws- used as spinners with letters on- students would give a particular word that matched the letter they landed on.
More paper plates- used with % on them- students would match % up with each other and complete sums using them.
Balloons- Write a lesson outcome on each balloon. Throw it to a student and they read it out. In each balloon, there’s also a rolled up piece of paper with a question on it relating to the lesson outcome. At the end of the lesson, students draw straws and whoever gets the longest, pops the balloon and asks the question, which other students answer.
More balloons with outcomes on, hung on washing line. These could be longer term lesson outcomes so they can stay up in the room.
Bag of balls used to teach probability.
ESOL and EFL- They won the ‘Pass It On’ prize for the most effective present activity.
Any pictures and resources from this area would be greatly appreciated!
Flipchart paper and trainers- used to create a man on the door that could be broken through in order to explore the space.
Videos- staff created video explanations of each of their activities so they were all free to explore activities across the rest of the College!
Health and Social Care
Straws- pick a straw, questions are squeezed inside the straws and the colour relates to the question difficulty.
Paper plates- 1. Students connect the parts of the plate together to connect one lesson with the next. 2. paper plates as a matchiing activity- turn over to reveal and match. 1. 2.
Paper plates and paper chains- use these together to create mini mind maps of each topic.
Balloons- each balloon has a theorist written on it and students are required to give information about that theorist.
Spaghetti and marshmallows- use these to make a tall structure to balance an egg on top.
Magnetic board- use for students to set their own aims and objectives.
Inflatable dolphin- Pick a straw that contains a feeling. Convey the specified emotion to the dolphin. Helps communication skills, without having to do it to a real person.
HHTTT (Hair & Beauty, Hospitality, Travel and Tourism)- They won the ‘Pass It On’ prize for the most effective ‘recall and review’ activity.
Connect- ‘travel connections.’
Teacher gives the students a word. Students take it in turns to find words associated with the previous word said. Each time a word is given, a straw is stuck down on the tablecloth until the game ends. This creates a pattern of the lesson.
Share- ‘coming in with a bang.’
In small groups, students write their desired learning outcomes on one side of the balloon and share them with the group. At the end of the lesson, they all write what they’ve learned against these learning outcomes, on the other side of the balloon.
Present- ‘chain reaction.’
Paper chains are used horizontally and vertically to show representations of vertical and horizontal integration in travel organisation. Students would then make their own chains to show other travel organisations’ integration.
Apply- ‘Where in the world?’
A tablecloth had a map of the world drawn on it. Lollipop sticks were divided into different colours and named as rivers, lakes and seas, mountain ranges, volcanoes, continents, rainforests, deserts… Students then used blue tack to stick them on the world map.
Recall & Review- ‘Pick and Mix.’
Straws had a student name on them. They were placed in a cup and a name is pulled out of the cup by a student. That student asks another student a question about the lesson. that student answers and picks the next name.. and so on.
The superstar team of the day: LLDD
They won the ‘Pass It On’ prizes for:
The most creative use of a mystery Poundland item.
The most creative use of paper chains.
The most inspirational department.
The most inspirational classroom.
Glasses- students recall experiences of holidays and share with the rest of the class.
Bunting- share the plan of the lesson with learners in an engaging way.
Paper plates and iPads- students get a paper plate and it will have a flag stuck on it. They must use the books and internet to research their country.
Balloons- they begin to practice how they should say hello in different languages.
Paper chains and sign language- students then had to match the country to the way of saying hello. They were also taught how to communicate each country using sign language.
The price is right! Students researched job roles and found out salaries for each job type. They were written on the back of these laminated cards. Students then played this game where they had to decide lower or higher for job roles.
Connect activities for the start of the lesson- 1. students match bank logos to names and 2. students look up word meanings and copy them accurately. Work in two teams and then compare definitions.
Share activities- 1. students shake the dice and answer the questions as a way into the lesson subject. 2. Students explored the infographics to determine the lesson topic- in this case, presentations of data in engaging and varied ways.
Present activity- A paragraph of information about email cons. Students try to place the aspects of a con next to the email and then this is investigated in the lesson.
Apply activities- 1. Students match Google fonts for special occasions and they match it to the name of the festival and then the date if they can (using research skills if necessary). 2. Students are given two different paper planes. They fly each one and apply numeracy skills into measurement and a range of calculations.
Recall and review activity- Classic bingo with an IT quiz!
MMPA (Music, Media and Performing Arts)
Take a look at their fantastic Samba video here!