Schema – again!

Standard

Speaking to discuss

Today we started the session by choosing an image that represented the course. People chose completely different images, and interpreted them differently. I chose a picture that looked like space and used it as an analogy for where I felt I was up to in terms of progress. I felt that I knew there were lots of galaxies, planets etc out there, but I did not know the names, the history or their purpose.

This activity highlighted that pictures can promote discussion, as we then had to work in pairs, and discuss our picture with our peers. This created a lot of lively debate and it is also a way to collect feedback, not by using written words, but by using pictures to represent the way people are feeling.

This activity can be scaffolded:

  • work individually, then in pairs, then as a group
  • work individually to choose a picture/write your thoughts
  • create a story board as a basis for writing
  • use pictures to elicit specific information

We then went on to complete an activity called ‘Learning is…’

Learning is……………………………………………………………………………….

I want to learn…………………………………………………………………………

I learn best when…………………………………………………………………….

We had to complete the information, then work in pairs/as a group.

  • Doing writing after a discussion is easier
  • We can scaffold the writing by using the sentence starters, or asking learners to think of their own – enables differentiation by outcome
  • The group then can use the pieces of writing to construct a group poem

Another activity suggested could be:

  • Collect lots of pictures of Liverpool/ask learners to bring their own (if appropriate). Promote discussion about the positive and negative aspects of being in Liverpool. Then introduce a piece of writing to learners. 

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