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Top Teaching Tips #3

Welcome to another installment of top teaching tips!

In this episode, we shall outline a fabulous and easy strategy that proves especially useful in labeling exercises in science and the humanities subjects.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present ‘Running Reporter’…

If you’re ever stuck for interesting and collaborative ways to get pupils to label diagrams or maps, ‘Running Reporter’ is for you! Here’s how it works:

  1. Get the children to work in pairs or small groups.
  2. Provide each pair/group with a diagram to be labelled (e.g. a diagram of the skeletal system or the anatomy of a plant).
  3. Elsewhere in the room, place copies of the diagram with the labels filled in correctly.
  4. Now, explain to the children that they will take it in turns to be the ‘running reporter’, the role of whom is to study the completed diagrams and report back to their groups on their findings who must then fill out the blank diagrams according to the Running Reporter’s instructions.
  5. There’s a catch though….Each reporter will only have a set amount of time to study the diagram and they must rely only upon their memory to report back to the group. No note taking or other means of recording answers is allowed!

Whilst ‘Running Reporter’ is a very effective tactic to promote collaboration and pupil engagement in labeling exercises, it is certainly not for the faint hearted and it will require careful behaviour management on your part. Obviously, you will want to stress to the children that whilst the activity is called ‘Running Reporter’, it certainly must be carried out without running!

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Until next time…

By | 14 February, 2016 |

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