The Plenary Palm

The ‘plenary palm’ is¬†a quick and easy way of checking anything from pupil confidence in a topic to the actual learning which has taken place. The ‘plenary palm’ is essentially a giant palm tree stuck on the wall. At the end of a lesson students may be asked to answer one or two learning questions on a post-it note (such as: “Why did I learn what I learnt¬†today?” or “How can what I’ve learnt¬†today¬†help me improve my work in the future?”) or¬†they¬†may be asked to define a key concept or¬†demonstrate something that they have learnt in the lesson (such as: write a sentence about semi-colons including a semi-colon). The pupils would then stick the post-it note on the plenary palm but with the added dimension that they can stick it high or low on the palm to indicate whatever¬†else the¬†teacher would like to know¬†such as the pupils’ confidence in the topic or their enjoyment of the lesson. This can also be used to demonstrate pupil progress over the course of a lesson as they can be given the ‘plenary’ task at¬†the start of the lesson and again at the end. Hopefully the post-it notes indicating confidence will have moved up over the course of the lesson!
Any questions please ask Amy Tweddlepalm-tree-beach-006
Posted in Assessment and Questioning, DESC Learning - Teachers, Four to Grow

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