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Classroom Methods – Physics

This resource is simply a collection of revision ideas or classroom activities which work and I have used in past and still use now.

They come from many different places and I think no one educator can claim ownership as they have been adapted so many times and some I have created myself.

I am only posting ones here which I have used in my lessons and work. If you are in other subjects you may find more!

Please enjoy and adapt for your lessons just as I have.

Each method has a little introduction and is listed here. However, I have also put all the materials onto PPT examples so you can adapt from a template if required. There is no charge for using this resources. However, if you use it in a staff meeting please give me credit for having provided it.

Revision Methods  (This PPT gives all the details and proper templates to adapt for yourself)

Practical Mats in PPT

  • These are designed to enable you to conduct fast and structured practical.
  • They give support to the weaker students and you can have 3 different versions to add challenge or support with a couple of clicks of the mouse.
  • You can easily provide the correct graph paper with right number of squares
  • Data can be provided OR obtained.
  • An answer sheet can be projected and pupils add their extras in another colour OR you can add to by writing on top.
  • It is very good for Y7/8 who need that extra help to keep going and really weak students can have the “correct” one stuck into their book and revisit later.

Clock Revision

  • Give students 12 questions, and they write their answers or notes in each section of the template, using a five minute timer to keep things on track. Your questions can also have highlights and levels!
  • Students can use the clock template at home as it is ideal for practising chunking (breaking a topic into 5-15 minute chunks) and interleaving (switching between topics in one study session).
  • Encourage students to create their own one hour clock for the topic they are least confident with – using each five minute segment to complete a different task. Alternatively make a 30 minute clock with six segments for shorter revision sessions.
  • As a spaced practice task, revise a previously completed clock for five minutes, and then turn it over. Students should try to recall what they have written in each segment.

Bingo Revision

  • Give students 9 or 12 questions in a simple grid on the projector
  • Students pick the tasks which can be levelled and also may be discussed with a partner OR write something down.
  • It is ideal for practising chunking (breaking a topic into chunks) and interleaving (switching between topics in one study session).
  • As a spaced practice task, revise a previously completed grid for five minutes, ask students to pick something they are really still not sure of.
  • You can also print them out and stick them in their books. Pupils can tick off every time they review them or leave a ? On one they cannot do.

Mind or Concept Maps

  • I think these work best when you give pupils a list of key main strands and sub-strands. This stops them getting lost in what to put.
  • Avoid the artistic pupils spending hours on the title.
  • A3 paper is a must
  • Add colour, pictures and diagrams for Physics
  • Add Equations and example calculations with numbers.
  • Take a photo of an example one each year to help pupils see what standard of work is required.
  • Put an example up at the front of the room where they can come and take “inspiration” on the board printed or project.
  • Use Photoshop or paint freeform select to chunk down the example mind map to individual concepts.

Laddered Challenge Revision Grids

  • This activity is left blank or may have some boxes filled in.
  • A3 paper is a must
  • Add colour, pictures and diagrams
  • Add Equations and example calculations with numbers.
  • The idea that as you move across the columns the work gets harder each time.
  • Pupils with higher ability will get further on the work and it should be clear where they get to.
  • I often use information around the room or from books/internet.

Table Mat Revision

  • Simply start with all the information you require them to know on 1 A3 sheet in PPT.
  • You can control the layout exactly and move the objects around as images or boxes.
  • Make a copy and then delete the bits you don’t want.
  • Paint can remove the labels on the images.
  • Pupils have a printed A3 copy to work on.
  • Put an “inspiration station” at the front of the room with answers for pupils who really struggle.
  • Zero marking but great use of time.
  • You have controlled the information so you cannot end up with off topic wander.

Fill in the Gaps

  • This is a tried and trusted method.
  • You work of the projector and use this as a recap for something you have explained.
  • Pupils have a copy of the work.
  • Give weaker students a printed word bank OR all of them
  • Answers fly in at the end in order.
  • Pupils can give themselves a score.

True or False

  • This is a tried and trusted method.
  • You work of the projector and use this as a recap for something you have explained.
  • This format is easy to print if required on small format and glue in for tracking.
  • Questions are coloured so enable easier reading.
  • Answers come in at the end.
  • You can read and reveal tougher to speed up weaker students.
  • Pupils can give themselves a score at the end and write it in their books.

Rubik Cube Revision

  • This is a nice activity when you have three things which need sorting out.
  • You use the rubik cube template and write on each side statements relating to your three topics. (In theory you could use two sides for two topics)
  • Students then write the sorted statements onto 1 face of each cube. Clearly you need 9 x 3 topics (27)
  • You reveal the answer at the end.
  • It works very well for Alpha, Beta and Gamma Radiation.

Video Storyboard Revision

  • Think about the key points you want students to make about a video.
  • Pause the video and take a screenshot to prompt them.
  • Write a short explanation underneath in a little box.
  • Give the students a blank version for them to write in what they thought.
  • Compare the two and pupils can add anything they missed. (and so can you!)

Formula Practice Revision

  • Provide a printed sheet OR pupils draw one out.
  • You come up with a talk through an example for each one OR they do.
  • The harder level of challenge is to have an answer which has to be rearranged.
  • Pupils can draw a diagram to aid understanding. A3 format for this and 3×4 format.

Dice Game Revision

  • Pupils work from the projector. They require one dice or a pair between them. I use a set of large foam dice (£8 for a class set of 30 from China)
  • They roll the rice and pick a square.
  • Verbally answer the question to their partner.
  • Each question is levelled for challenge.
  • You can have a -1 or a pirate flag where they lose a turn or points!

Levelled Discussion in Pairs

  • Provide a printed sheet or can be done off a large projector screen
  • Pupils work in a pair and answer the questions.
  • Partner decided who has got it right.
  • The harder level of challenge is to have an answer which has a colour and you can go to as many points as you like.
  • Works well with self motivated learners.
  • Boys like it a lot but can be bad at cheating!
  • Teacher can circulate and listen in to the conversations and adjudicate arguments!

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