13 October 2012

Assessment of Learning Presentation

The presentation below was recently used for a CPD session covering assessment of learning. The main objectives were to:
  • Identify different types of assessments
  • Recall the benefits of formative assessment
  • Identify characteristics of effective feedback
  • Recognise how you would change your practice



Joan Thomson, Lewisham College incorporating Southwark College

12 October 2012

Skills Workshop

Skills Workshop has been going since 2001 and it shows – the site is packed full of excellent resources for Functional Skills and Skills for Life.  The well designed site holds a resource bank which includes Literacy, Numeracy, ICT and ESOL with great ideas and lesson plans from the Entry Levels to Level 2.

It’s particularly heartening to see so many educators freely disseminate their ideas, lesson plans and resources.  The Skills Workshop is definitely a site to visit if you have a great idea for a lesson but not a great deal of time on your hands. 

Lesson Plan - Functional Skills English Level 2 - Constructing convincing arguments

What makes the main points of a text credible? This lesson plan introduces students to the PEEL technique: Point, Evidence, Evaluation, Link.

Additionally, it encourages students to apply the PEEL technique – originally designed to make academic writing more compelling persuasive, and easy to read.

 This lesson plan aims to:
  • Recognize features that make a text persuasive
  • Use some features of persuasive texts in their own writing.

Many thanks to Jane Holloway of Lewisham and Southwark College for providing Functional Skills Forum with this wonderful lesson plan.

Lesson Plan - Functional Skills English - Reading Level 2 - Proof-reading and Correcting Mistakes

Do you find it difficult to encourage students to check and correct their work?  Often a little time taken to recognize errors and correct them will improve a document enormously. The ability to proof-read well can certainly make the difference between a pass and a fail in the exam, particularly at Level 2.

This lesson plan aims to
  1. Identify the main word classes. 
  2. Recognize errors in text.
  3. Correct some errors

Many thanks to Jane Holloway of Lewisham and Southwark College for providing Functional Skills Forum with this wonderful lesson plan.

Lesson Plan - Functional Skills English Level 1 and 2 - The Difference between Formal and Informal Writing

When students write letters they often demonstrate confusion in tone.  They are prone to mix up the formal with the informal and the resulting letter can end up having little real functionality because of this.  This lesson plan enables students to:
  1. Identify formal and informal texts
  2. Identify purpose and audience of a text
  3. Select appropriate formal, informal or slang terms.


Many thanks to Jane Holloway of Lewisham and Southwark College for providing Functional Skills Forum with this wonderful lesson plan.

Help with Learning Outcomes

The two documents below may well come in useful! When putting together lesson plans it is sometimes difficult to describe just what you want your students to achieve.  So, listed here are some useful verbs you could use when creating a lesson plan which include knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis or synthesis as learning outcomes.

They come with sample question stems and potential activities and products.