Building up Teaching Strategies

Article by Millie Harris in the July 2015 UKEdMagazine

I’ve read a number of inspection reports which stated that the School or College in question needed to improve teaching strategies across the curriculum. One thing they fail to mention is how to do this, which is particularly challenging when we are increasingly faced with students of varying levels of literacy levels, SEN needs, and a myriad of micro cohorts.

I often find it difficult to ensure that all of my students meet their learning objectives, but plastic building blocks have become my lifeline. The use of these blocks in lessons has transformed the way I teach and the outcomes of the students which I teach. They are a great tool for learners to show their ideas without the confines of traditional learning activities.

For instance, Year 8s with poor numeracy or motor skills have used the bricks to create population graphs. Year 7s who enjoy kinaesthetic learning tasks designed their own research stations adapted to Antarctica with building bricks. This can also be extended to other age groups; Year 11s have made waterfall formation models to help with revision. Hopefully, this can help you too.


This ‘In Brief’ Article by @geogteachmillie originally appeared in the July 2015 edition of UKEdMagazine.

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