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Unit 7.1: Personalised Learning and Pupil Voice
What helps to make a happy school for the learners within it?
What would an ideal lesson look like? In what ways would learner voice be incorporated into the lesson?
To what extent do you think learners should have responsibility for:
- deciding what to learn,
- deciding how to learn,
- deciding with whom to learn,
- deciding the level at which to learn
- assessing what they learn?
How do power relations within schools create barriers when working towards implementing personalised learning strategies?
Unit 7.2: Learning and Teaching Languages
What are the benefits for children of learning languages in primary schools?
Do you think languages should be taught in a separate lesson or integrated into teaching throughout the week?
How can the teaching of languages support the teaching of English?
How does teaching languages make you feel? Consider the reasons for your response and what you might need to do to prepare for this aspect of teaching in primary schools.
Consider the lessons you will be teaching. Consider the objectives for intercultural understanding. Choose one or two objectives to build into your planning. How does including this perspective affect how and what you are teaching and how and what children are learning? Share your evaluation with colleagues.
Unit 7.3: Creativity in the Curriculum
To what extent has your education developed your creativity?
Do you think creativity is essential in education?
How does creativity express itself in the different areas of learning in primary education?
Do you perceive creativity as subject specific or generalised?
Unit 7.4: Thinking Skills
What are thinking skills and are they important? Why?
What would a thinking classroom look like?
What teaching strategies or approaches do you use that aim to develop children's thinking skills?
What evidence would show that teaching for thinking works?
Identify in a lesson plan, or observation of a classroom lesson, the thinking skills that are being developed as learning objectives. Look for evidence that the children are engaged in creative thinking, critical thinking and information processing. The following pro forma could be used for recording the evidence.
Unit 7.6: E-Learning
Why is e-learning important to all children?
What are the key aspects to consider when teaching children to become effective e-learners?
How can we formatively assess children's e-learning skills in a context of English, maths or science lessons?
How would you summatively assess a specific ICT competence that you expect children to have developed as a result of the activities they have undertaken in a series of lessons?