Resource Roundup – The generators

Generators are particularly useful for teachers that want to save time. They do this by enabling tasks which are repeated to be done just once. Here, we look at some of the generators available on Tigerlearn.com and how they can be used.

The automatic lesson plan generator

Realistically, once you’ve been teaching for a while, you’ll have a range of go-to activities built up for use. You will, of course, add to it with new ideas, but there are some favourites which will come up again and again. This is where the automatic lesson plan generator comes in. Imagine if you are a language teacher and one of your go-to activities is a running dictation. Traditionally, you need to write this into a lesson plan every time you use the activity. If you need to keep detailed lesson plans, this may involve typing up;

  • The duration of the activity,
  • A description,
  • Interaction patterns,
  • Skills covered

With the lesson plan generator, you simply enter the details once, and assign the activity a number. Imagine some of your other go-to activities are each assigned a number, with all the necessary details regarding the activities attached to them.

So, instead of typing up a painstakingly detailed lesson plan, filled with details you have typed many times before, you simply type in your goals and a series of numbers.

Eg.

Goals: Students will be able to ask and answer questions about their home towns.

15, 26, 12, 42, 19.

Then, you print. Done.

The student feedback generator

Marking student work takes time. It really does. To ensure that students get useful feedback long, detailed comments are written on the bottom of student work, or in your notes. You may write a few paragraphs explaining to a child when to add an ‘S’ at the end of a verb, or when to use capital letters. It takes time.

Alternatively, you give up and start writing short comments which don’t really help the students in any meaningful way You write something like ‘check your tenses’.

However, when you start noticing patterns emerging in your student comments, for example, that many of your students are missing the ‘S’ on their verbs, or aren’t using capitals, you can begin to give meaningful comments to every student, every time, and you only need to write each comment once. This is where the generator comes in.

In a similar way to the lesson plan generator you create a bank of comments and assign each comment a number. These can be as detailed as you like. Then, you assign each student 4 numbers which identify their own problems or strengths.

Simply assign Susie ‘4, 9, 15, 27’ and John ‘5, 9, 12, 20′ (repeating this for every student) and print. You can now cut out the students’ individualised comments and glue them onto the bottom of their work. Done.

Staff appraisal generator

This works exactly the same way as the student comment feedback generator. Except it’s for HODs and Principals to use with their staff.

Type up comments, assign numbers, print. Done.

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