Post it notes!
What to do:
When marking books/essays we all notice common mistakes that our students make…
After marking a set of books/essays and finding these common mistakes; why not get your students to become independent in their reflection of your diagnostic marking!
For example: Spelling Mistakes:
Write the misspelt words on the whiteboard/smartboard. Have this ready for students as they enter the room.
Give them all a post it note and ask them to correct any words they can. They should stick these correct words next to misspelt words.
This should create a ‘bank’ of correctly spelt words. As shown below.
Get students to then complete a starter activity which includes use of those misspelt words.
Students should then be encouraged to get up at any point and take a post it note with the correctly spelt words if they feel they will get the word wrong again.
As you can see this can be adapted in many ways- and is a way to make students more independent-
I.E- they could correct the misspelt words- then define them using dictionaries. Or use a thesaurus and look up synonyms?