Showing posts from May, 2014

How to Make Quizzes More Exciting!

A while ago, I discovered through Pinterest this blog post about Plickers. Not wanting to get completely swept up in the hype, I held off trying them out until today. 
After our Geography lesson on South America, I tried out a simple multiple choice quiz on the content we had just covered. My main goal was to try out the Plickers to see if they worked as well as the hype would suggest.
It was FUN! 
To set it up, I needed to go to the Plickers website to download and print the Plickers (a paper barcode that is assigned to a student).  Here's one of my Plickers:

One of my students commented that it looked like something from Minecraft! You need to download the FREE app to your smartphone to assign each Plicker to a student. Then you teach them how to hold the Plicker while you scan the class with your phone. You may be able to see 13 (the number of the Plicker) and a small A, B, C and D. To answer with a Plicker, you simply hold the answer you want (A, B, C or D) at the top.
It was incred…

Recognising Exceptional Teachers

In my job as a teacher, I have been fortunate to work alongside some exceptional teachers. It has been my privilege to be supported, mentored, inspired and challenged by these teachers throughout my short career. In light of this, it was so lovely to have the chance to show my appreciation of these people in the form of A Day Made Better. These inspiring teachers may not win the competition, but I have been able to share my thoughts about them in a way that hopefully brings a smile to their faces. Thank you to Christina, Tracey and Hari for encouraging and motivating me throughout my career.
If you know of a teacher who you think deserves recognition, nominate using the link above. The comments you write about them will surely make their days better too!