What are #ThinkDo Activities?

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See lots of free #ThinkDo activities

The Let’s Learn resources also have lots of free to download #ThinkDo activity cards




What are #ThinkDo Activities?

The term #ThinkDo reflects our approach to teaching and learning with a focus on metacognition along with activity based learning. 

#ThinkDo activities consist of a photo and a thinking point. Some #ThinkDos have made into activity cards which can be downloaded and used as an instant resource. #ThinkDo activities can be found on TwitterFacebook, & Instagram,  as well as on my website, and some are included in my D&T newsletter/blog each week.

Teachers can download the #ThinkDo images to use in their classroom and in the resources they create. Note #ThinkDos can’t be used in resources teachers create that they intend to share with others or which they sell. This also applies to the use of the term #ThinkDo. 

#ThinkDoMAKE are #ThinkDo activities taken one step further with the focus on practical activities and projects designed to bring learning theory to life. 

Many of the teacher courses we run also include the term #ThinkDo in them, followed by the specific focus of the course e.g. MAKE, SKILLS, NEA, SUCCESS. This reflects our focus on metacognition and activity based learning in the work we do with teachers and schools. 


Using #ThinkDo Activities for Drip Feed Learning & 5 Minute Revision

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#ThinkDo activities can be used as part of a 'drip feed’ learning strategy, and a part of a spaced or deliberate practice approach. They are also useful as part of a ‘5 Minute Revision’ strategy which is based on the idea that breaking revision down into 5 minute chunks makes it easier to engage with. 5 minutes of revision every day from February until May is the equivalent of about 9 hours of solid work and nearly 12 hours if started in January. Even better, build in this type of thinking from the beginning of a course and it helps students develop good learning and revision habits early on. Teachers can set students 5 minute revision activities but the aim would be for students to develop a ‘muscle memory’ where they do this on their own. #ThinkDo activities aim to give students and teachers the resources for this type of revision, whilst developing curiosity, questioning, and an increased awareness of the D&T things around them everyday.

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These technique works well with all students, particularly with those who are more reluctant to revise. They find it less daunting and different to traditional revision. This strategy can also be used to approach things like homework in a different way. Rather than setting a single homework why not set 7 short sound bites that can be broken across 7 days? Social media platforms (or similar school based platforms) are very useful for this type of homework as dates are often logged helping with monitoring.


How to Use #ThinkDo Activities & Drip Feed Revision to Support Learning

  • Use the tasks in lessons as a starter, plenary, discussion prompt, or as extension activities.
  • Set a different 5 minute task each day. This does take more teacher input but it is easier to ensure the drip feed nature of the strategy. Examples might include a #ThinkDo activity, reading a page, writing a cue card, answering a question, 5 minutes internet research, texting a friend information (or using other types of social media), examining a product, drawing a design, product disassembly, a series of photos around a theme, product analysis while out shopping etc. It is also a good idea to get students to identify their own tasks, and to set tasks for each other. There are different ways of notifying students about the daily activity e.g. email, a department Twitter account, a notice board, your school virtual learning platform. Some platforms, such as Twitter, allow you to pre-prepare a series of tweets which are then published at timed intervals. This technique gives the teacher greater control over developing the habit of revision.
  • Give students a worksheet or a series of #ThinkDo activities students can pick from each day. This requires less teacher input but relies on the students doing the work each day. It does however give those students who want to spend longer working a wider range of activities to do.  
  • Allow students to count a series of short tasks as one homework.
  • Think about how you want students to respond to the tasks. Outcomes could be written or verbal or the activities could less traditional with the activities acting as a prompt for a presentation, discussion, research activity, or focus for a video
  • Think about what evidence you want students to show you so you can check the task has been done. In particular think about how you can avoid having to mark the activities by integrating them into the lesson or normal lesson routines e.g. integrate things into starters or lesson activities, use of a log book, classroom display, input into your school virtual learning platform (depending on the type you have it might even be able to mark it for you), 
  • Use the strategy during lesson times as well as for homework. This is particularly useful in modelling to students how they might approach a 5 minute activity and what your expectations are.
  • If you are using the activities for revision committed students can be gradually encouraged to build up their revision time slots as the exam gets closer. This will be helped by the fact they have already developed a 'revision' frame of mind. 
  •  If done throughout the year, rather than just at revision time, they can help students link exam technique and knowledge to Controlled Assessment or other work. 


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See lots of #ThinkDo activities

See how Philip Morant School and College in Colchester have used my #ThinkDo and TechDoodle activities as part of stretch and challenge learning wall



Use of social media

Many teachers are wary of using social media and they are right to approach these areas with care. The different types of social media can, however, be an excellent learning tool and something young people readily engage with. Many types of social media are excellent platforms for 5 minute revision and #ThinkDo activities and they can a great way to sneak revision, and good learning habits, in via the back door!

A department can set up an official account which students can then follow. Most forms of social media allow you to do locked or private accounts meaning you can target just the students you teach if you wish. There is no reason for teachers to interact with students, they simply provide interesting and varied bits of information or images. It also doesn’t need to take long too manage depending on how often you want to upload information. In fact if you repost the activities we post each day it will literally take you seconds. 

Twitter and Facebook are two popular forms of social media with Twitter being useful because the limited number of characters makes it quick to generate content, as well as quick to interact with. Instagram is also useful because it is photo based making it quick and easy to engage with. 

Pinterest is also image based, and is a great way to catalogue and save information for the future. It is also very addictive but in a positive way!


See lots of free #ThinkDo activities

The Let’s Learn resources also have lots of free to download #ThinkDo activity cards

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