# Blooms Races

Blooms races incorporates fictional lap times and blooms taxonomy questions. Within this game I have placed an emphasis on the basic skills of knowledge and comprehension; you can't move forward until you have got these questions correct and when moving backwards it will generally be to one of these squares. This game promotes discussion between students and the development of higher order thinking skills, as well as adding a competitive element and allowing the students to deal with time.   This activity can take as long you want. The lap time of 3 minutes is only there for students to add and subtract time from and to also give students an end lap time result which is realistic against racing games and formula one.

## Making the Seating Plan Work

I first designed the interactive seating plan in my NQT year, 2012. I have since developed this through three different versions to the current version 3. Over ten thousand teachers have downloaded a version and use the interactive seating plan both within the UK and internationally.  It has gone from having to manually type all the information into just having to copy and paste data from your student information sheet.

## Bargain Words

Bargain words helps students to focus during activities, such as watching videos, reading pieces text or even the whole lesson. Students have to choose three subject specific words. Once these words have been selected the students have to calculate the value of each word. Throughout the lesson or activity students have to keep a tally of how many times their word appears. At the end of the lesson students will need to calculate the frequency, 'total', and find the value of each word. After adding the values together find out who was the richest student.

## Independent Learning

#### Theory

Independent learning is buzz term that has been around for several years within education but what is it all about? Why are some students more independent than others and how can we as educators breed a culture of independence within our schools and classes? Banksy is of the opinion that “A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to” (Banksy). So, is it not our job as educators to tell them to be independent? Is being independent as easy as just being told to be?

## Battle Words

Battle Words is focused on the core skill of co-ordinates. The idea is that students apply their knowledge of co-ordinates to remember and define key words. It is a competitive game with bonus points awarded for guessing the key words before having all of the letters and for being able to accurately define the key words. This activity would be great as a recap starter, plenary or revision tool.

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