Mr. C. MCNairney
As we begin our second Teaching and Learning week of the year I have had time to reflect on our last one. Ms Piare and Ms Kinsella kicked the week off with a very successful breakfast morning discussing a strategy and an app. The strategy used was “Picture Word Inductive Model” and the app discussed was “EdPuzzle”.
I had never used this strategy in my classroom and I believed that it could be very suitable to my own subjects of Business Studies and History. I tried it with my second year history class to introduce the French Revolution. The pictures and group work led to great discussions and debate. I showed them four pictures, one by one and allowed them to discuss each picture for two minutes. Each picture represented an element of the Revolution. By the fourth picture all students had correctly identified the topic that we would be moving on to. After using this strategy, I felt very comfortable in inviting my colleagues into my third year class. I used the same strategy of four pictures to introduce the topic of Communist Russia.
This strategy allowed the students to be at the centre of the discussion and definitely led to critical thinking and reflection. Below are the pictures used to introduce the topics of the French Revolution and Communist Russia.
This strategy is now commonplace in my classroom as it leads to many other strategies such as Think Pair Share, class debates, group work and feedback and group reflection. Students really enjoy this method of learning about a topic. It allows teachers to be creative when discussing a learning intention and creating a resource bank. Students are at the centre of the discussion as they make links between the images and the topic or topics being discussed. It can be used at any stage of the learning and not just as an introduction to a specific learning outcome.