This is a list of some recommended websites and resources. It will be added to as we find more resources. If you know of any other good websites or resources please add them in the comments and I’ll add them to the list.
BBC Religion –
This is a good general website for ideas, resources and articles on many different topics. Use the search bar to help find information on your topic.
BBC Ethics –
These are guides on some main issues that you may be studying. It give a lot of information on different topics including religious and non religious views.
Some good information on human rights, torture, capital punishment. Although be careful of bias!
Great guides on different topics demonstrating the humanist approach to many moral issues.
Issues online is a great resource for articles, facts and statistics on a wide range of topics.
Ask your teacher for the username and password.
Lots of short videos about a range of topics.
Search by topic to find relevant news articles.
Stephen Fry on The Existence of God
Euthanasia/ Assisted Dying
Recently two colleagues taught me all about Reciprocal Teaching as a way of encouraging literacy in the classroom.
Each member of a group is given a different role, Predictor, Clarifier, Summariser or Questioner. All group members are given a piece of text to read, with each of them looking at a different role within this, it means that when they go to discuss the piece of text, they all have different ideas and perspectives to bring to it and it structures the activity much better.
Not only does this encourage literacy, it also encourages group work and makes each member accountable.
I have created some worksheets that will aid each member with their role and tasks to structure their reading.
You can download them here. Free Printables- Reciprocal Reading
Well done to Ben and Annjanette for noticing my incorrect spelling of two! You have passed my secret literacy test! #autocorrectproblems
Read More Here: http://www.readingrockets.org/strategies/reciprocal_teaching
If you’re anything like me you will go on Pintrest and ‘pin’ loads of amazing lesson ideas, that you will get round to doing one day and never actually getting round to following your oh so excellent intentions through.
Well as part of my “use less PowerPoint” resolution, I decided this week to try out one of my most popular “repins”. I get notifications at least once a day telling me someone has re-pinned this particular post on revision stations. Original Pin
I typed up some of the techniques on a word document, printed and laminated them. I decided to just use four of the ideas as I have a smallish National 4/5 class. The four stations I had were Paper Chains, Bunting, Write your own Exam Questions and Gimme 5 and gave my pupils 20 minutes at each station. Each with varying success.
The pupils seemed to enjoy this task, however they started to struggle to find links between words if someone put a difficult concept on they reached a dead end as they couldn’t add anymore. My solution; to not make it a continual line, instead having links coming off words in the middle and throughout the chain.
I gave pupils a list of tasks, these varied from writing out sources to exam style questions. Again the pupils seem to engage with it, however the ever long issue you get with giving pupils a task and a pot of felt tip pens is they spend 90% of their time writing a wonderful title and either run out of time or space on their paper to write anything on it. I did have to give some pupils time at the end to finish their triangles off. The only thing i will need to do is make sure the pupils have time to read each others pieces of work so that they are learning from each other.
I think I needed to be clearer on the instructions here, making sure pupils are writing 5 facts on the fingers on their hand outlines rather than around the hands, as I was going to cut them out and stick them up but cant really do that with the pupils work written all over the paper. The other issue I had was as the third and fourth group got to this station they had run out of facts because the groups before had written a lot of detail. I do think it is good for thinking of 5
separate points, good for exam prep.
I didn’t take a picture of this station as compared to the others it was probably the least aesthetically pleasing, but i would say the most worthwhile. It helps pupils to think about how they would formulate an answer but without actually having to write it out. (Using their HOTS, if you will) The pupils who were at National 4 level struggled with this task, and some marking schemes are better than others, but I did get a whole range of questions i could use in class for another revision session.
I have included a copy of my Revision Station cards that I created Revision Stations and will add more blog posts and ideas as I work through them in class.
Inspired by a post by @mrshumanities showing keyword cards and in a bit of a dilemma as to how best support my EAL pupils. Today I spent a double period, whilst expertly covering an Administration class creating these handy cards, with some of the keywords we use in humanities in S1.
I am hoping they will be there as an easier alternative to constantly looking up a dictionary although I am heavily relying on Google translate. I am looking for new other ways to help support these pupils and will try and test some other ways.
Tomorrow I am excited to use my new revision station resources, I’ve made. Will share a blog post on them.
It’s safe to safe, I love Blooms!
I think Blooms is a brilliant way for teachers to ensure they are helping pupils progress as well as students can identify their skills easily. I love blooms so much, one of the first things I did when I got my new classroom was paint a massive triangle on the wall, and get pupils to add “I can” statements on it when they can do something new.
I think the issue I have with blooms is and don’t think I am alone is, we are good at creating wonderful Schemes of Work and Units, but actually sign-posting our skills and how that links into Higher Order Thinking is our downfall. Also I know i have been guilty of focusing on the task and not the skills being used.
I have given myself 2 new term resolutions this year.
- Use less PowerPoint and look at other teaching and presentation methods.
- Highlight skills progression to the pupils.
My first task has been to create these posters.
(Download Link) These break down the skills, the types of activities and question stems that can be used – an amalgamation of several posters I could find on Pintrest.
So now my aim is to get pupils to be able to self evaluate their own learning and skills at the end of a task/ unit/ lesson. I also made up cover sheets for my junior classes that will be stuck into their jotters with the intended skill progression of the current unit we are on- encouraging them to color in the triangle as they move up the thinking skills.
I think Blooms can be used in many different ways and it is important that we share resources and ideas in order to encourage pupils to be using their thinking skills in a variety of ways.
Recently we watched a few documentaries on the Life of Mohammed in National 5 RMPS. These were packed full of information that we decided we would like to share our learning.
We started with one big piece of paper and gathered round a large desk.
We then each took a different coloured pen and started writing, we then moved around the room adding more ideas around the paper, commenting on others ideas, expanding on points and learning until the whole paper was a colourful rainbow of knowledge.
We used this information to summarise our learning on Mohammed (pbuh) and complete some source questions on it.