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Teaching activity

Classic Revision Strategies - The Secret Diagram Club

Jim Riley

3rd May 2018

This is a game I have created to get students thinking about how other people view their diagrams and hopefully getting them to make sure they have double checked them and they are as clear as possible.

The first rule of secret diagram club is you don't talk about the secret diagram club!  However I will let you know how to play the secret diagram club. 

Each student will first receive a get a secret diagram club square. They are not to write their name on this (it's the secret part). 

Secret Diagrams Club Squares

The teacher then gives each student a card at random (they must not show anyone this card). The cards each have a number on and a description of a different diagram (E.G. 7. Consumer Surplus Increasing).

Each student will then write their corresponding number into the space on their secret diagram club square and then attempt to draw their given diagram below. Once all students are done then the students are to pass their diagram on to the person next to them and they must then write down the number in their notebook and try and guess which diagram they have been given. The students continue to pass & guess each diagram until they get back to their own. 

Now the teacher can take each diagram and reveal what it was meant to be and the students get a point for each diagram they have correctly identified. This will allow for excellent discussion of some of the points on diagrams and how to achieve a clearer diagram.

Here are the templates which I have used.

Secret Diagrams Club Squares (in PDF format)

Secret Diagrams Cards (in Word format)

Hope you find it fun & remember its secret!

Jim Riley

Jim co-founded tutor2u alongside his twin brother Geoff! Jim is a well-known Business writer and presenter as well as being one of the UK's leading educational technology entrepreneurs.

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