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Monday, April 02, 2012

Easter school: Stanard Grade reminder

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Getting ready for Easter school tomorrow and using this as a reminder to myself of the sequnce that I want to do things in with the two groups. This first post is for Standard Grade and I think I'm going to use an idea handed to me by Pamela Manley on twitter. It involves asking students in advance of activities to make 'appointments' with others in the class and as I have each group for 3 hours, I thought it might be useful if there were six different pairings, to be rotated at half hour intervals over six different sections of work. The first is a look at question 1, which relies very much on interpreting the ordnance survey map.
I've embedded a Google Earth view of the Dolgellau/Barmouth area which we will be focusing on tomorrow, and in class, I want to use GE in conjunction with the Ordnance Survey overlay. I'm planning on leaving the area on the board for students to explore if they wish while they collaborate and then employing the overlay when we are going over the first activity. Before I give out the past question, I am going to ask students to use acetates over the OS map to identify glacial landscape features, settlement functions, land uses and conflicts in the first pair. For the final part of this question, we will split again to look at a techniques question and, instead of asking the pair to answer the question, I will present choices of techniques which students have to select as appropriate for the scenario and justify why these have been chosen. We will stay in these pairings to look at gathering and processing techniques in an urban question. Finally, each student will then attempt an urban 'explain' question on their own before we mark this as a class.
For the next part of the session, we will swap partners again and seven population questions will be split amongst the class and the class will 'teach' to the question using flipcharts, with the opportunity for students to feed back on each and then being presented with the solution. Lastly, we will swap partners a further 3 times to cover development indicators, trade and trading alliances. Two of the three questions will involve pair collaboration to answer and then mark, while (hopefully) the last will involve use of a randomly picked revision technique to see how you could use it to prepare for the given question. I'm pretty sure this will cover the time, but if it doesn't, there is a single question I have included in the booklet with which I might set pairs against each other as it involves long term v short term aid.


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