How to get information to stick?
January 3, 2012 Leave a comment
A couple of ideas (1 stolen from a colleague’s wife) to help students summarise and review topics in the classroom. I have found both ideas are successful in getting students to prioritise key words and information to spark their deeper understanding (hopefully!)
Twitter Review (Huw’s wife’s idea!)
Summarise a topic using exactly 140 characters = Tweet limit (including full stops, commas, spaces etc..). Really gets the kids to focus on the vital information.
6 Word summary
Summarise the main theme / idea of a topic in 6 words exactly. This is harder than you think!
I got my A2 PE students to do a 6 word memoir first as an ice breaker – summarising their life so far in 6 words. They then used 6 word summaries for the 3 stages of Athleticism in 19th century Public Schools.
Legend has it Hemingway was challenged to tell a story in 6 words exactly and he came up with:
‘For sale: baby shoes, never worn’
This idea has came from a book on 6 word memoirs titled ‘Not Quite What I Was Planning’ & here’s their You Tube clip together with a catchy song throughout. Any idea on who sang this song?? A number of American schools have uploaded their version of this on You Tube also. Give it a go, you’ll be surprised what creative summaries the students can generate!