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Learning Mats for TeachTweet #ukedchat

If you’ve read my recent posts, you’ll know that I am throwing myself into scary things. This was the first challenge I reluctantly signed up to and it’s been a long wait for it to actually take place!

In comparison to actual TeachMeet delivery, making a video may seem like the safe option but I have the voice of a 10 year old! The other challenges presented by making a video are that it takes an inordinately long time for me to edit out my waffle and reset my recording due to slurring of words.. and I’m way too young and sober to be slurring my words!

I eventually reached a version of my video that I was satisfied with… The reality of the situation is more that I’d had more than enough of the sound of my own childlike voice and I didn’t even bother to listen to it. The first 30 seconds sounded fine and it didn’t last 14.36 mins like my first draft. On measuring my progress, I felt I’d achieved my highest potential for that time and day so ‘Upload to YouTube’ was clicked.


Learning mats are a learning tool I came across on my TEEP training and I was sold immediately! I think I’m a really visual person and the creation of them appealed to this side of me. I have used them in 3 main ways:

Visual stimulus for discussion and long task setting

Blake Learning Mat

Activity sheets to be completed by students

Othello and Iago mat

Proofreading and ongoing assessment (peer, self and tutor)

Proofreading mat

8 Steps to a Brilliant Essay

Although they can be time consuming to create, I do now have several templates I can use again for various lessons and as some of them can work across subjects, I never need to change them.

I hope you find the ideas in my video and on my templates useful.

My writing commitment: I’m learning to honour my thoughts. I’m learning that my words can be shared before I’ve connected all the dots or learned everything there is to know. My writing can be a snapshot of a single moment in continually-evolving time.

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