Rethinking planning – what if we plan not to finish? | missdcox

Whenever I think of lesson planning, it is usually in the form of filling the lesson time with a series of ‘activities’/actions that will happen during the lesson. The activities fit neatly into the time available. A trainee may ‘overplan’ or ‘underplan’ but most teachers get used to how long things take and adjust their timings. It will be one topic of part of a topic, neatly arranged into the lesson, so that it covers ‘everything needed’.

In this model each lesson is a stand-alone lesson of content. I see many lessons shared with other teacher where these are literally named ‘lesson 1’,…

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Rethinking planning – what if we plan not to finish? | missdcox

Whenever I think of lesson planning, it is usually in the form of filling the lesson time with a series of ‘activities’/actions that will happen during the lesson. The activities fit neatly into the time available. A trainee may ‘overplan’ or ‘underplan’ but most teachers get used to how long things take and adjust their timings. It will be one topic of part of a topic, neatly arranged into the lesson, so that it covers ‘everything needed’.

In this model each lesson is a stand-alone lesson of content. I see many lessons shared with other teacher where these are literally named ‘lesson 1’,…

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“Sorry Sir/Miss, I’ll stop doing it now”; Why we need to model responses for children | missdcox

This week I have been thinking a lot about how children speak whilst in school, especially how they respond in certain situations. I’m particularly interested when what they say isn’t polite or tries to justify poor behaviour.

I’ve heard people say ‘it’s because they do it at home’. Of course, in some cases, this is true. This is the only school I’ve worked in where some students say ‘thank you’ after a detention! But some children lack the structure of polite social interaction as their parents don’t model it or allow them to argue or be rude, often in desperation of not knowing how to…

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Core texts for RE; teaching key concepts through exegesis | missdcox

“Religion doesn’t inherently speak for itself; no scripture, no book, no piece of writing has its own voice. I subscribe to this view whether I’m interpreting Shakespeare or interpreting religious scripture”
Islam and the future of Tolerance: A dialogue, 2015, USA, p.5

I’ve blogged before how I’m not teaching the new GCSE RS with just the content on the spec but beyond that with important key concepts (see here). However I am also using key texts or selected ‘sources of wisdom and authority’ from the two religions we study: Christianity & Islam. These aren’t all directly mentioned in…

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Core texts for RE; teaching key concepts through exegesis | missdcox

“Religion doesn’t inherently speak for itself; no scripture, no book, no piece of writing has its own voice. I subscribe to this view whether I’m interpreting Shakespeare or interpreting religious scripture”
Islam and the future of Tolerance: A dialogue, 2015, USA, p.5

I’ve blogged before how I’m not teaching the new GCSE RS with just the content on the spec but beyond that with important key concepts (see here). However I am also using key texts or selected ‘sources of wisdom and authority’ from the two religions we study: Christianity & Islam. These aren’t all directly mentioned in…

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Student crowd-sourced exam questions | missdcox

As we don’t have many  exam questions other than in the SAMs (and text books if you have them) some people have created their own practice questions for GCSE. However this following suggestion is work-light and hopefully also has learning benefits for students.

I tell the students which type of question they will be asked about. In this instance, AQA GCSE religious studies 4/5 mark questions. I gave them the question stem “Explain two……”  (I didn’t worry about the contrasting/influences/similarities on this example) and then they had their specification in front of them for the topic they…

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Student crowd-sourced exam questions | missdcox

As we don’t have many  exam questions other than in the SAMs (and text books if you have them) some people have created their own practice questions for GCSE. However this suggestion is work-light and hopefully also has learning benefits for students.

I tell the students which type of question they will be asked about. In this instance, AQA GCSE religious studies 4/5 mark questions. I gave them the question stem “Explain two……”  (I didn’t worry about the contrasting/influences/similaron this example) and then they had their specification in front of them for the topic they were writing…

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