Congratulations to all our ‘Discovering’ winners!
A few months back, we asked teachers to give us 3 reasons why Macmillan text books are worth discovering. All the answers entered a prize draw to win a trip to Europe. And now it is time to announce the winners!
From Pre-primary to EOIs, the lucky teachers are:
Marta Siles Luna, below, is the winner of the Discovering competition for Tiger. Marta teaches at C.E.I.P. Vicente Aleixandre in Málaga. Esther Galacho, our rep from Andalucía smiles to the camera in the photo when giving the prize to Marta.
In the next photo, our rep Óscar Calleja from the Madrid office presents the Wonderbox to Mar García Blanco from I.E.S. Alonso Quijano in Quintanar de la Orden (Toledo). Mar entered the competition for Pulse.
Ruth Nieves gives the prize to Isabel Hernández Casado from I.E.S Antonio Jiménez Landi in Méntrida (Toledo), winner of the Initiative competition. At last but not least, Elvira Carrelero Lafont, below, winner of the Open Mind Discovering Competition. Elvira teaches at the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas in San Javier (Murcia).
Hand signals for self-assessment
As teachers, sometimes it’s difficult to know whether students have understood a teaching point or not, though it does help if we ask. A strategy that requires students to self-assess can provide us with useful and instant feedback.
Getting students to make hand signals at key moments during a lesson to express just how much they think they can do or have understood can be a quick and easy way to provide us with the necessary feedback to decide whether we need to re-explain something in a different way or move on to the next part of the lesson.
Here to download, we’ve produced a set of posters that illustrate some signals students can use according to their level understanding. Displayed on classroom walls, the posters serve as a reminder to teachers and students to put an informal self-assessment system into practice.
You’ll need to explain the signals and practice using them with your students, but after a while you’ll be amazed how quick and easy it is to implement!
For younger students, the strategy can be easily adapted by simplifying the signals.
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