Last weekend (18/5/13) I was lucky enough be able to attend and present at the hugely popular Pedagoo Sunshine event at Joseph Swan Academy in Gateshead. As well as presenting tips and tricks to other teachers from across the country, I was fortunate enough to be able to listen to Jim Smith (@jim1982) from Hope Valley Technology College in Derbyshire. Jim was presenting on a range of different topics from his ‘Toolbox of Strategies’.
One of the ideas that I pinched from Jim was his lesson objectives target board that his technology department have had produced for all of their classrooms.
I really liked this idea because by using post it notes or stickers, it gives a visual representation to both the students and anybody else in the room, how close the students are getting to achieving the desired outcomes. It also fits in perfectly with the three layered levels of success criteria that we use at Woodham Academy, with students moving from the outer rings, towards the target in the middle.
I really wanted to try this out, but wanted to do it quickly while the idea was still fresh in my mind and without having to produce something considerable before I’d trialled it. I therefore decided to use Jim’s great concept and just draw it out on my whiteboard in the sports hall. Below you can see how I drew out the target along with colour coded success criteria on the right hand side (click picture to enlarge).
My success criteria went from bronze up to platinum. The reason I went for platinum was to include extension activities for those who had achieved the desired gold standard. The platinum level is a peer coaching activity to help other students progress through the levels. Once I’d taken the students through the success criteria, I asked them all to write their initials on a post it note and to stick it on the target where they believed they were currently (this lesson was lesson 4 in a 6 week block of work). You can see below their initial starting points.
This was great to see as it really helps differentiate the learning outcomes for all of the students. Each individual student had a specific target and they could all see their starting point and what they had to do in order to be successful in making progress.
Throughout the lesson students used their own mobile phones to video each others performance and provide constructive feedback to each other on how they could improve their performance and make the personal progress targets that they had each set themselves.
At two distinct stages in the lesson (mini plenaries), the students were given the opportunity to change where they felt they were in relation to the success criteria target. Each student was able to move their post it note on the board to reflect the levels of progress that they had made.
In terms of success, I’ll leave you to judge for yourself from the following picture taken at the end of the lesson………..