Active Engagement Part 2: Learning Outcomes and Games. #ukedchat #teachforamerica #ittchat #nqtchat #pgce

new doc 27_8new doc 27_6new doc 27_5

An article by Richard James Rogers

Illustrations by Pop Sutthiya Lertyongphati

In this second of our three-week, three-part series, we’ll be continuing our investigation into how outstanding teachers keep their students on-task, entertained and engaged every single lesson.

new doc 27_4

This week, we’ll be focussing on a further two key areas of Active Engagement:

  • How outstanding teachers consistently create an ‘air of mystery and anticipation’ by getting the students to figure out the learning outcomes by themselves
  • How an atmosphere of immense excitement, enjoyment, participation and learning can be created by using a few simple games and applying them to your subject area, on a frequent basis

new doc 27_3new doc 27_2

The following extracts and images come from the Active Engagement chapter of my debut book: The Quick Guide to Classroom Management. I hope the information is useful to you, and don’t forget: we welcome your comments with open-arms!  If you’d like to share your thoughts with us then please do comment using the comments box at the bottom of the page. 

This week’s blog post is quite a large one, but we urge you to please read until the end as the information contained here is incredibly practical and helpful. Please feel free to bookmark this page and visit it often!

new doc 20_5

Here we go!

new doc 28_1

new doc 28_2

new doc 28_3

new doc 28_4

new doc 28_5

new doc 28_6

new doc 28_7

new doc 28_8

 

Here are some cool games you can use for any lesson!

Splat: Write a few key words on the whiteboard and you’re ready to go!

Splat

Mystery Picture: This one really gets the cognitive juices flowing and it’s a lot of fun!

Mystery pictures

Mystery Word: Simple and inexpensive. Another vocabulary-based game

Mystery word

Corners: I play this every Friday afternoon with my Year 9 Science class. It perks them up and is very competitive! Great for issuing out House Points, merit stickers or other rewards.

Corners

Bingo: Not just a numbers game! Read the game card below to see how it can be applied across different subject areas!

Bingo

Who am I? : Despite it’s childish nature, kids of all ages love this!

Who am I

Vocabulary Musical Chairs: Get ready for an exciting class with this one! Make sure there are no obstacles in the way for kids to trip on.

Vocabulary musical chair

The Poster Game: One of my proudest pedagogical inventions. This game takes some time to set up, but once it’s ready it works like a treat! This game gives you the best of both worlds: fun and deep learning!

Poster game page 1

poster game page 2

Poster game page 3

Thank you for reading! Please share and please come back to visit us!

714symbol01

Advertisements

Author:

High School Science and Mathematics Teacher, Author and Blogger. Graduated from Bangor University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Molecular Biology and a PGCE in Secondary Science Education. Richard also holds the coveted Certificate in Mathematics from the Open University (UK).

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s