Revisit! review! reteach! revise!


As a professional learning task this year our principal asked that we explore Close the Achievement Gap (from the In a Nutshell series, Hawker Brownlow).  I led the discussion on Chapter 4: Revisit! review! reteach! revise!. The chapter explores the concept of ‘leaving nothing to chance’.  For me it was a recognition that I had been leaving revision to chance.

So this year I have consciously revisited, reviewed, retaught and revised. I discovered that a quick quiz at the end of a lesson or a week later was a powerful learning tool, that there are lots of different ways to improve recall, that they have to know the story of a Shakespearian play really well to understand anything else about it, that kids need serious memory training and that ‘re-teaching’ needs to be programmed explicitly.

With this aim in mind I have been working on a ‘jeopardy’ game using a ‘flipchart’ on Yeats’ poetry and ‘memory’ games on key words and concepts.

I used a  ‘memory’ game on language devices with year 10 who are in the final preparation stage for their SC Literacy test. Who would think that a simple memory game (turning cards over and matching a device with an example) would generate so much enthusiasm from a bunch of Year 10 boys? The whole group of boys became totally involved in the game shouting instructions to the kids whose turn it was at the board. Amazing! Then they wanted to play another one!

About lyntiernan

I teach kids. Mostly English but sometimes good manners, how to have fun learning, that you are never too old to learn something new, that we all make mistakes and what we do about mistakes is who we become, that the future is not some place we are going to but a place we are creating and... I like learning and adapting new technology in the classroom I'm good with my new IWB, websites and email but hopeless with mobile phones!

4 responses »

  1. Hi Sally, thanks for the kind words – I’m still ‘new’ to blogging and feel like I’m talking to myself (so what else is new!). What a great idea for revision. I can see it working with all sorts of things: find a metaphor or simile, adjective that means …, etc I’m updating links etc in my website over the next few days. I got a new monitor (wide screen) and discoverd the font size on most website pages was much to small. cheers, Lyn

  2. Hi Lyn,
    Again,finding the blog really helpful – just to be able to chat about ideas…inspire, revitalise and so on.
    One thing I found great with Yr 10 anti-reading boys a couple of years ago was reviewing chapters by ‘bingo’ style team-competition phrase hunting. Very little prepl in that I just picked phrases on the spot, they ferociously scanned the chapter (or designated few pages if the chapter was too long) and their team won 1,2 or 3 points (3 for finding it first, 2 for 2nd etc). They would have to read out the whole sentence.
    Their enthusiasm was wonderful and it was fun for us all. Great for their scanning practice, which I don’t think kids do much.
    Anyway, cheers again,

  3. Thanks for the comment Karen! As you can see I just got started with this blog so it very exciting to get a comment.

  4. I’ve done something similiar with a poetry bingo game and the kids certainly enjoy it. The bingo sheets have poetic device terms and the I read out examples from cards which then cover their bingo sheet.

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