12 Teaching Tips of Christmas!–Day 1

I just want to start off by saying it’s been a crazy year. I would like to say thank you to all of the teachers who still read my blog and check out the computer science pages that I have. Since I now have the Christmas break free, I thought I would like to give back to teachers over Christmas. So here are my 12 days of Christmas gifts for teachers. Whether you’re an NQT, trainee or a teacher who has been teaching a few years, I’m hoping that some of these tips will help you in the classroom.

My first tip for Christmas day is!

What do you do with all of that wasted paper!

Pass the Parcel!!

Pass the Parcel

Something that I like to start of my new year in classes with is ‘pass the parcel’. You’ve all played pass the parcel in the past. The way I implement this with my classes is that I use blooms taxonomy to make it a little more interesting and a little more fun. With your wrapping paper that you haven’t used, wrap up something nice. Could even be an unwanted present…. NAUGHTY!

  1. Wrap up the present with a number of layers.
  2. Have your questions ready….
  3. Play some music to your class and stop it either ‘randomly’ or ‘pick the pupil’ for differentiation.
  4. If they get the question right, or has made a good attempt (give them 5 seconds to unwrap the wrapping). You need to keep the pace of your questioning going.
  5. When it get’s to the final layer – You can give them a really difficult question!
  6. Player wins!

Things to remember

  • Don’t spend too long on one question… slows down pace
  • Make sure that you have a prize
  • Make sure that you play ‘copyright free’ music. You must be careful with streaming on your schools network!
  • If you find that your pace has slowed down, then use it for your plenary as well!

I have attached a video to explain it in a little more detail!

About Raymond David James Chambers

I am the Lead teacher of computing at Brooke Weston Academy in Corby Northamptonshire. Previously I was the head of IT/Computing at Uppingham Community College. In 2015 I won the Gold National Teaching award for Innovative use of technology. I also won the 2015 Young Game Bafta - Mentor award. I'm keen to help students achieve their best and like to give them opportunities to do this. I have a passion for teaching and I enjoy meeting other people and sharing their ideas. I have a keen interest in games development as well as developing the use of ICT in classrooms across the curriculum. In my spare time I teach Irish dancing. I have been Irish dancing since I was 11. My highest position was 14th at the world championships 3 years running and 2nd at the Great Britain Championships in 2006.
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