Around-the-Room Revision

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2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area

3.3 Use teaching strategies

4.2 Manage classroom activities


This revision strategy is a way to get the students up and active. It involves placing cards or A4 paper sheets around the room. The cards / paper are divided in half lengthwise with an upper and lower region.

The upper region has an answer and the lower a question. The students read the lower question and then must walk around the room to find the answer to that question on another paper sheet.


The students then record the answer next to the question in their books or a sheet.


Why use this?

  • Great revision technique that is active. It gets students up and walking around classroom.
  • It can be used at times you notice the students getting distracted / bored. Just need to have 6 or so pre-written question and answer sheets stuck around the room. You can then select small groups to complete the activity or if you have enough, a whole class.
  • The students can even write their own question answer cards and then complete as a class.


To check that they find the correct answers you can have a small letter in the right corner for the answers that the students record next to the numbered questions. If they correctly align the questions and answers, the letters should spell out a word or phrase.


What subjects can you use them with?

This technique can be used for any subject, only limited by your imagination. Some examples are shown below:


  • Vocabulary revision, conjugated verbs etc


  • Solve simple equations
  • Vocabulary terms
  • Match shapes and characteristics


  • Recall facts of terms, formulas, ion names etc


  • Characteristics of characters in a story
  • Features of grammar, peom structure etc


If you don’t want the kids to get up and walk around the room, you could have them in folders and then they pass them between tables. The student read the sheet and find the appropriate answers on their sheets in groups. This promotes group interpersonal skills and get the students working collaboratively rather than individual work, it all depends on what skills you want to work on as well.

Variation is the key in teaching.

Until next post, keep trying new things to keep you and your students constantly thinking.

Yours educationally


Mr Darin Carr

About Mr Carr

Science / Chemistry / Physics Teacher "ALWAYS strive to improve in ALL things!"

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