Hi A good source of generic starters and plenaries for science can be found here: http://www.ashlawnscience.com/teachers/Starters&Plenaries%20CDROM/GenericStarters&Plenaries/el_starters.pdf These are adaptable to different topics and is produced by Bristol City Council. In your second part - do take care when talking about personal things. A class of pupils need to have trust in the teacher and that means they need to know you and feel that you are 'trustworthy'. Doing the sort of activity you are planning with them needs you to know the class well, know who will and will not respond, who to lave along and not push and who will engage with the activity. Carefully scrutinise any youtube videos as well to ensure that they are suitable viewing and that they are suitable for year 7. Listening to mny motivational speakers (admittedly some time ago and as reserach for a book I was writing on management skills) a lot of these sorts of talks will not mean much to year 7 pupils. James
The two classes I have taken over are both low ability BTEC groups one is doing the topic of "Heating and Cooling" and the other is doing Digestion. We just finished off the topics before half term and they are just coming up to their end of unit test the week after next. Next week I need to conduct a revision lesson for both classes remembering that they are all very kinaesthetic learners and need to be "doing stuff" the whole time. Could anyone help me think of some fun engaging activities that will help revise a whole topic. The other thing I need to do is a short lesson to get some year 7s motivated and to not be afraid of failure. My current plan so far is to talk to them at the start about how we all consider giving up at some point giving a couple of examples from my own life then ask them to write down (or just think about if they don't feel comfortable writing it down) in their planners a time in their life they thought about giving up because it was too difficult (could be anything: school work, learning a son on guitar etc...). Then I will show them a video I put together with clips of Nick Vujicic (look him up on youtube) who is a great motivation speaker. He has no arms or legs and does a great bit where he falls down and shows how even he can get back up. After the video I will invite the kids to reflect on it and talk about how it made them feel. Then I will ask them to write down, under their original note, how they could have "got back up" and carried on, telling them to read that note every time they feel something is too hard.