Last December, the fantastic @talkloads shared her idea on Twitter of sending students a revision Christmas gift. I immediately asked if I could “borrow” the idea and have used it over the past two years. The students are touched by the sentiment and they really appreciate that you care about their revision.
Last year I printed off a selection of Corbettmaths Practice Questions, then added in a pen, pencil, a small bag of sweets and a few chocolate coins… It isn’t Christmas unless there are chocolate coins! I (or more accurately my wife) wrapped them and the school posted them to my class.
The purpose was to:
- ensure the students practiced their maths over the holidays
- reward the students with their hard work over the first two terms
- to do something a little different to see what impact it had.
The results were:
- every student completed all 3 booklets… this was particularly impressive for my forgetful class.
- the students were absolutely chuffed with receiving a present.
- the students were full of praise for the idea and said that no other subject had done anything like this for them before… also their attendance to revision sessions for the rest of the academic year was very high, which helped them thoroughly exceed their targets as a class.
This year, I tweaked the idea slightly.
- I used booklets based on students individual QLAs from their November mocks
- I included a schedule of revision sessions for the year ahead with certain sessions highlighted, helping students target their own weaknesses.
Hopefully they will prove as successful as next year!
Kahoot! is a gameshow-like quiz website. After having been introduced to it, I have spent the last month trying it out for myself.
It is completely free for both teachers and students to use. To start, set up an account at http://www.getkahoot.com and begin making quizzes.
Here are a few of mine:
The quizzes are multiple choice and students race against each other to win points. They go to http://www.kahoot.it and type in the game Pin. They do not need to login or even sign up. They just enter their name (I insist on their name rather than nicknames) and when ready the quiz/gameshow begins.
As the teacher, you begin the quiz on the computer that is linked to the projector and the students select the correct answer. Their view looks like this:
The students absolutely love the competitive nature of Kahoot! and adds a bit of variety to a plenary or revision lesson.
The only downsides I have found are the students cannot change their answer if they have picked the wrong one. Also, like with any type of activity, if repeated too often they can become a little bored. These can be easily avoided however by telling the students to be careful when picking their answers and to scatter Kahoots! throughout your schemes of work.
Kahoot! is an excellent addition to any teachers’ repetoires.
All the resources on Corbettmaths, videos, worksheets, 5-a-day and everything else, have been created, over 1000’s of hours, by Corbettmaths. The resources are free (and will always be free) to use for individual use or for use by teachers for their classes.
I only ask that you keep in consideration the amount of work that I have put into the website and content, and if in doubt over your planned use of the resources, please feel free to ask me directly (there is a Contact button on the right hand side).
I encourage colleagues to “link” to my resources on their school websites, VLEs or personal website rather that uploading copies of my files. The main reason for this is that I constantly update and improve my worksheets and this avoids older versions of my files being found online.
Please never pass any of my work off as your own (including individual questions) as all work is copyrighted. An example being, copying Corbettmaths questions and then uploading on a certain very popular teaching resources website.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
At the end of a busy term, I would just like to take a moment to thank everyone for using Corbettmaths this year. 2015 has been the busiest year for the website, both in terms of resources added and also the number of people viewing the site. The kind messages of praise that I have received throughout the year from teachers, pupils and parents have spurred me on to continue improving the website and adding more resources. So I just want to say a big thank you for your messages and for recommending the website to others. To hear that Corbettmaths has:
- helped a student with their revision
- helped a teacher with their lesson
- or helped a parent support their child
really really makes hard work worthwhile.
2015 has been an exciting year for Corbettmaths. There has been much added to the website:
Record number of views
Along with the messages of support, another thing that makes it all worthwhile, is when I see how many people visit the website. I must check the “stats” around 5 times every day. This year has been a special year for the website, with nearly 5,000,000 views. This is a big increase from 47,000 in 2013 and 750,000 in 2014. Again thank you!
Over the next few months, my attention will be on completing the 1,388 remaining 5-a-days for the New GCSE. I will then commence working on their answers (however if you would be willing to help with the answers, I would be extremely grateful to hear from you – please contact me if you could help). I will be disappointed if I have not completed this by 1st September 2016, ready for the first cohort for the New GCSE.
More videos for the New GCSE topics
Then a major focus on the New A-level and beginning the Primary 5-a-day.
Thanks again and …