UKEdMag: Practical Production Promotes Participation! by @Claire6782

In Brief…


I like to learn by doing. Not just reading or watching, but actually getting stuck in.

So why would 25 Year 10s feel any differently? I had tried and failed to teach the theory of large business production methods to a bored Year 10 class, I marked 25 E and F grade practice exam answers and became a bit desperate as mocks loomed.

So, I took to Twitter for ideas and, of course, found something I could mould for the very next lesson.

I made each table a factory and gave them a client brief. I provided each factory with a pack of icing pens and 12 chocolate biscuits. They decorated in job, flow and batch production methods. They even stock controlled and quality assured without even realising it.


The next set of practice questions were mostly C or much better. The staffroom was a happy place too, someone had to eat all those chocolate biscuits…

This article originally appeared in the October 2014 Edition of UKEdMagazine – Click here to view.

@Claire6782 – Middle Leader and Business Teacher, Sheffield

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