As you know, I was recently told to teach progressively. My orders were to give pupils – sorry, students, or learners – the opportunity to do some independent discovery learning, group work, and presentations. Now I can, as you may have noticed, be a little stubborn and obstinate, but having been told to prepare lesson plans along those lines, I thought I’d better go and teach those lessons.
Let me tell you about them.
I’ll start by saying that if there were any classes this should have worked with, it was a Sixth Form International Baccalaureate History class. It contained six bright, motivated sixteen-year-olds who had chosen to do the subject twice (at IGCSE, then again at IB). The school has a large and well-provisioned library, and IT systems which almost always work. Some of the group are boarders and can access this in their waking hours; they might even have the odd history…
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