I had a couple of activities go well in a top set year eight lesson today.
Pupils are analysing the persuasive techniques used in a World War One recruitment poster.
The class organised themselves into groups of four. I then put up a picture of a recruitment poster and asked them to analyse it as a group for persuasive techniques (we have covered these in previous lessons).
Each member of the group then had to write their own analytical point about the poster on a post it note. These pieces of analysis were peer assessed within the group.
The group then chose the best paragraph in their group to write in the middle of an A4 sheet of paper, aiming to make further improvements to it. These best paragraphs were then passed between groups to be peer assessed.
After returning the best paragraphs, I asked them to be read out with the feedback. The assessment will be on a second poster and will be completed independently.
I also employed a couple of particularly bright pupils to be ‘learning spies’, to move around the room and ask pupils about their learning (I had provided them with some meta-cognitive questions)