Teaching & Learning

Some cool stuff I found

Creativity: Project Based Learning

Monster Masterchef: Gothic literature through cupcakes!

I love this. An English teacher who approached their Year 8 Gothic unit through the medium of cupcakes (a language we all understand!). Take a look at the photos of the students' write-ups: they're brilliantly articulate and demonstrate a great level of understanding.

Read all about it: http://littlemisslud.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/monster-masterchef/

Yr8 Creative Projects

This is, to steal a word, awesome.

It isn't 'English', as such, but it's really interesting. The school has a project unit on Year 7 and 8 timetables and uses it kind of like a "Learn to learn" scheme to develop independent learning/creativity etc. What I like is how it's giving kids the confidence and language to explore identity and concepts, and how it does this within an approach that's rigorous, purposeful and developmental. Enjoy.

http://deeplearning.edublogs.org/2013/02/24/the-creative-timeline/

Book cover generator

I'm not sure how I might use this, but I love how it creates mysterious pulp-fiction cover artwork and how you can adjust and change things. If I teach H. G. Wells again I might use it then. I think the example I've put here looks particularly intriguing.

http://thrilling-tales.webomator.com/derange-o-lab/pulp-o-mizer/pulp-o-mizer.html

Trajan's Column

This excites me as a way to get kids creatively representing a novel/ play/ test. Perhaps when they come back to revisit the novel for the second time in GCSE?

The picture doesn't do this justice. Please read the blog entry.

http://canonsbroadside.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/trajan-column-1-2-3.html