Learning grids are a resource that students can use when working in pairs. They were first created by an English teacher, Stephen Bowkitt, but can be used creatively to enhance independent student learning across the curriculum. Moreover, they have been deemed the number one strategy by Osiris Education who observed over 2000 lessons as part of their Outstanding Teaching Training Interventions.
· Incredible adaptability
· Students become immersed in own learning
· Students working harder than teachers
· Engaged and challenged learners
· Easy differentiation
· Clear demonstration of progress
· High levels of motivation and creativity
· Students are independent learners, teacher’s role = activator and challenger
· Encourages students to discuss their learning and peer-teach each other
· Kinaesthetic and visual
Teachers create a 6 X 6 grid with pictures and key words for a particular topic.
Students work in pairs to roll two dice to locate a particular square which they use to stimulate their writing or as a way
to practice a particular skill. Higher level students may roll their dice again to find a second square which
they then use with the first to find a common link or compare and contrast. Each grid is linked to specific success
Look at this example of an English grid:
Students write a sentence from a list of 6 given genres using that word or image (differentiation can occur when students have different success criteria).
Forexample, include capitals and full stops/add a connective/usealliteration/rhetorical questions etc. These can be adjusted to each student’s current level.
Here is an example of a maths grid:
Here students locate two cells with their dice and simplify the expression, writing the answer in their books. Towards the end of the lesson they can swap books with another pair and try who have to work out which were the original cells that created each answer.
An example in RE might be:
It is easily differentiated thus:
• LA– write a definition – one sentence.
• MA– write and explanation – short paragraph.
• HA– compare and contrast in different religions – 2 paragraphs.
In art they could be used for applying skills as below:
Students can be asked to create their own grids as homework tasks which can then be used in lessons to reduce teachers’ workload in preparing grids.
If you would like to look at this strategy further, please come and see me any time in Y202 or look at the more detailed PowerPoint in the Pedagogy Leaders folder in Staff Resources.