Thursday 18 May 2023

5 Effective Prompts for ChatGPT in the Classroom

Recently, in pretty much all of my professional development sessions, the most requested topic has been ChatGPT. And with good reason! The AI chatbot from OpenAI has taken the world by storm and caused quite a stir in classrooms around the world.

And the question I get asked the most: “How can we block ChatGPT?”

Now, as much as I understand the need for this, we also need to realise that, much like technology in general, this is only going to become more mainstream. Trying to play whack-a-mole is only going to work in the short term, and possibly lead to insanity on teachers’ part.

So my advice would be to embrace ChatGPT and rather think of creative ways to get the most out of it in your lessons, and even educate your students on how best to use it for their own learning.

With that in mind, here are 5 of the best prompts for ChatGPT.

As a start, remember the following:

Offer as much relevant information as possible when crafting your prompt to help ChatGPT understand your requirements.

Thanks to Zain Kahn (@heykahn) for some of these.

1. Improve your writing by getting feedback. Use this prompt: 

[paste your writing] 

"Proofread my writing above. Fix grammar and spelling mistakes. And make suggestions that will improve the clarity of my writing".

2. Get feedback from history's greatest minds.


"Assume you are [insert famous person e.g. Steve Jobs]. Read my argument below and give me feedback as if you were [insert person again]"

[insert your argument]  

3. As a revision tool for learners:

I am currently learning about [insert topic]. Ask me a series of questions that will test my knowledge. Identify knowledge gaps in my answers and give me better answers to fill those gaps."

4. Use ChatGPT to ask YOU questions.


“Write an article about [insert topic here]. Before you start, ask me 10 questions to help you get a better understanding of the brief.”

5. Create texts for comprehension


"Assume you are a teacher of [insert subject here]. Write a text of [insert word limit here] on the topic of [insert topic] aimed at [insert age of children here]. Make sure to include the following vocabulary:

[insert vocab list here].

Please feel free to share your results!