Introducing: the Teaching and Learning Champions

My-book-in-Wordle-2Welcome to the Bradford Grammar Teaching and Learning blog. Here we hope to discuss ideas, collate resources, and share both time-tested best practice and innovative ideas from within Bradford Grammar. Contributions come from the Teaching and Learning Champions team and all staff members alike; anyone and any idea is welcome!

This term, our pedagogical focus has been on assessment for learning and feedback. We hope the coming blogs will serve as a springboard for professional reflection; a collection of ideas to experiment with and discard as necessary. Any comments and ideas are much appreciated.

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Using Kahoot! for Fun Assessment

I have been using Kahoot! as a tool for doing quick and fun assessments at the end of lessons. I was first introduced to it by a colleague at one of our Teaching and Learning meetings.

At first I thought it might be time consuming, but what is great about Kahoot! is that there are (currently) 8.6 million public quizzes that other people have made that you can use.

publickahootsTo get started you go to www.getkahoot.com, click on ‘Sign up for Free’ and enter your details. Once logged in you can click on Public Kahoots at the Top of the screen and search for your topic. When you find one that you might want to use you can preview the questions and answers (always advisable!) by clicking on the name of the quiz.

To use the quiz you ask pupils to go to kahoot.it on their mobile devices or computers. They are then asked for a Game PIN:

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When you play the quiz of your choice it generates a Game PIN which you can display on the board. Pupils then have to choose a nickname and will be added to the game. You have to be vigilant here and make sure pupils enter sensible nicknames. Most inappropriate ones are automatically changed by Kahoot! and you can click on ones you don’t like to remove them and force the pupil to choose another.

When all the pupils have ‘joined the game’ by choosing nicknames you can Start the quiz.

The questions are displayed on your screen/board (I usually read them out also) with a few multiple choice answers. Pupils have to click on the correct colour/shape on their device to answer (see right of image below).

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At the end of each question a bar chart shows how many people voted for each answer (this is anonymous) and then the leader board of nicknames is shown. At the end of the quiz I give the top 2 or 3 pupils a small prize.

Pros

  • fun for pupils, I use it with KS3 pupils!
  • engaging way to assess whole class understanding of a topic
  • you have time to explain why the answer was correct (consolidate)

Cons

  • bit unfair on slower readers (as it is against the clock)
  • cannot assess individual pupil’s performance
  • pupils need access to mobile device and wifi

I recommend you have a go with one of the pre-made Public Kahoots and then try building your own. It is a fun tool to with younger pupils but might get tiresome if overused!

Sharing Good Practice

Teachers at Bradford Grammar School often meet to share their good ideas for teaching and learning. We have decided it would be good to have this blog to make this sharing good practice easier.

If you read have tried something great in your classroom write a couple of lines about it and share it with others so they can try it too.

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Please send all contributions to bgs_learning @ bradfordgrammar.com (no spaces).