As students enter my classroom, I typically have a ‘holding slide’ displayed on the board. Usually, the slide is in the form of a ‘do now’ task; sometimes it’s an image of a painting or photograph, and occasionally it’s just the big question for the lesson itself. What follows in this post is nothing more than my sharing of the slides I used today just because I thought it might be interesting.
- Lesson 1
- Year 10
Students identified the errors (e.g. ‘murdr’, ‘james’, ‘King’) and I then displayed the corrections on a separate slide before making links with Macbeth’s conflicted feelings about murdering Duncan in A1-S7. Total time: 5 minutes.
- Lesson 2
- Year 10
Students retrieved a short quotation from Act 1 for each image, and we then shared and discussed them. Took longer than I expected, which isn’t really a bad thing. Total time: 15 minutes.
- Lesson 3
- Year 8
- The Bone Sparrow
We discussed the links between the novel and some of the issues raised in an extract from a newspaper article on the Myanmar refugee crisis (e.g. Subhi’s absent father and Eli’s separation from his family; Nasir’s ‘adverse risk assessment’). Total time: 5 minutes.
- Lesson 5
- Year 11
- Unseen Poetry
No ‘holding slide’ this lesson. Instead, students began reading the next short chapter from Matthew Syed’s book The Greatest. It was a task unconnected to the lesson itself, but part of a wider routine for learning. Total time: 10 minutes.
And that’s it! Thanks for reading –