We were delighted to kick off our 4th Magic Monday with a Pedagogy Picnic presentation by one of our student teachers, Amanda Spenceley. Here, Amanda shares how she has used “Corners” as a simple recap activity at the start of her lessons.
Corners is a game that works particularly well with smaller groups. I have, however, played this game with my larger classes and overall it has been a huge success and all students are engaged throughout.
The game requires students to recall information that is already stored in their long-term memory and bring it forward to their working memory. It is for this reason that the game is a useful starter activity if you are planning on expanding upon information that the students were first introduced to 4-5 lessons ago, as it will refresh their memories of what they learned previously.
How to play
- Choose four volunteers to stand at each corner of the room.
- Ask all four students your question. Whoever puts their hand up first is selected.
- If they answer incorrectly, choose the pupil who put their hand up second. If they answer correctly, they move in a clockwise direction to the next corner of the room, knocking out the student whose place they are taking.
- Choose another student from the middle of the classroom to fill the empty space. A good tip is to ask those sat in the middle a question and the first person to answer correctly receives the opportunity to come up and fill the empty space. This ensures that everyone is involved.
- Repeat the above steps. The first person to travel around all four corners to arrive back in their original corner wins!