The toolkit explained
Essential items for your cover lessons
Now, as promised in my previous article, I stated that I would write about the contents of my own trolly so that you could revisit your own resources. If you do not have any resources, then hopefully I can give you a few ideas.
My trolly, or rather, the contents thereof, are in a constant state of flux. By the time this article is published the materials would have changed quite a bit. This is due to what many of my students refer to as random; random in the sense that I like to keep the contents updated with new material, especially for maths lessons. This is so that the students do not know what to expect from either the lesson ending or the starter. What they can expect is a fun/wacky/off the wall activity. From my own point of view also, it creates a great challenge for me to surprise a class with something new for them to work on. Will they take to it? Will they understand what it is I am trying to teach them and get them to do? Learning in this way always creates a great sense of fun for student and teacher.
Also, I actually get a buzz out of creating learning resources that I know students will not expect but will appreciate by them really getting stuck into the lesson and wanting to complete a good standard of work.
Firstly then, to the trolly, here is mine:
My school provides these to staff upon request. For someone without a classroom and Cover Supervisors, they are excellent; the can hold a large amount of material, material that i would otherwise have to spend time scrambling for during a lesson.
- File or folder - below is a picture of my own folder. Useful for storing board pens, lesson plans, registers, scientific calculator, black and red pens and 'official' paperwork.
- 'Official' paperwork - This includes any behavioural policies the school promotes, timetables of key personnel, school diary and detention slips.
- Emergency lessons - I have about 8 to 10 different and wide ranging lessons for all ability levels. They all have answers and can be glued into exercise books so that classwork does not go missing. I also keep suduko and other maths related puzzles in here.
- Lesson endings - You know these by now, if not, you could make learning more fun
- Lesson starters - the stuff that gets students minds into focus before the main event - I plan to write a series of articles about lesson starters soon.
- Spare paper - This includes maths paper made up of an exercise book cut in half so that students can glue this into their books when they next have a maths lesson. Also included is A4 plain, lined, graph, squared and isometric paper.
- A stationary box - made out of an old paper box, it contains colouring pens, pencils, writing pens black and white, scissors, glue sticks and tissues.
This list is not exhaustive and your own resources will depend on what subject area you cover. Sometimes, I never use more than two items out of the trolly. Other times, the entire contents are sprawled across a desk in readiness for students to find resources for learning.
I do hope my inventory of resources helps you to think about the type of resources that will make yours and your students lives easier.
Have fun and keep learning.