Over the summer I read and picked up some useful little strategies in a book called ‘Rocket up your class’ by Dave Keeling. Have tried them out on staff durign our induction training, looking forward to trialling them with students in a couple of weeks!


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The fastest and best way to sum up a lesson. Gives immediate, quick feedback that lets you know if the students have understood the lesson


At the end of the lesson ask students to shout out a number one and ten. Pick the first number you hear, for example six. The students then have to create a six word sentence or just six words that tell you what they have learnt.


Once you have asked for a number, then ask for a letter between A and G. The students now must come up with four words beginning with the letter B that best sum up the lesson.



Heads or tails


A group friendly game that will give you a quick way to get volunteers

How?Ask the group to stand. Explain that you will flick a coin. If they think it’s going to be heads they place their hands on their heads. If they think it’s going to be tails they must place their hands on their posteriors.

The winners of each round stay standing; the losers sit down. Very quickly the room will dwindle till you have the number of volunteers you require.



This lesson’s rubbish


How? Towards the end of the lesson, hand out small bits of paper and ask the students to privately scribble down a keyword or phrase that relates to the topic of the lesson. They then screw up the paper and put it into a specially provided bin.

When all the rubbish has been collected, you select one of the bits of paper and throw it for a student to catch. Their job is to respond with a thought, feeling or statement regarding the subject matter.



Paper Aeroplanes


When? Beginning, middle or end

Why? To encourage students to communicate their thoughts, feelings, ideas and immediate responses to subjects, words or quotes that may appear on the aeroplane.

This technique works on a hands free policy and assumes that everyone has a contribution to make. It creates a uniquely random selection process based on the fact that you never quite know where the plane might land.


As a teacher you could place a quote/picture/headline in the aeroplane or get the students to write down what they have learned during the lesson.

Whoever catches the plane has to respond with a thought, feeling, question or statement in response to whatever is contained within the papery folds.

Rachael Edgar @Dubai_Teachmeet