February 12, 2011

Week 3 – Crimewatch – “he is carrying a hexi–gun!” =D


Tried something interesting this week. Did the same lesson with a year 7 and a year 8. It was the activity where they pretend they are on Crimewatch and have to present about polygons. It was nice as both classes had been working on similar topics and I knew they would be able to do it.

It worked SO well with the year 7 and went SO bad with the year 8!!!

The work the year 7s produced was fantastic and some could even be used as displays. They came up with some fantastic jokes and all presented to each other, whilst the rest of the class guessed which polygon was being discussed. Worked so well and they really enjoyed it.

The year 8’s did nothing. It was the same lesson and I got nothing. They wouldn’t write properly, they wouldn’t make use of key vocabulary – which I ended up writing on the board to boost them. When presenting to one another they weren’t thinking through what they were saying and it just didn’t work.

All I can put it down to is that they aren’t used to doing something like that. For that class it seems as though they are quite happy doing questions from a book. They get that kind of work done. But the minute they are given any freedom, their behaviour goes out the window. What do I do in that situation? They probably need more practice in that kind of activity….

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