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!