Project Plan: Ocean Environments Part I
Sue Lyle introduces her project on the topic of Ocean Environments. Covering some 97% of our Earth’s water and regulating hugely important geographical features such as climate and weather, the Oceans is an ideal topic to open children’s eyes to the significance of ecology.
Opening Up China
An excavation of the best online materials and resources to get you started on a cross-curricular project about China.
Asgard is in peril and no one can save it… but the Mighty Thor can help!
We continue our series of Webquests with Crispin Andrews’ adventure into the legend of Thor.
Planning classroom activities for critical thinking
Sue Lyle discusses the principles that she argues underpin the successful development of critical thinking skills for children. Using an example from her teaching pack, ‘Arctic Stories’ (2008), she illustrates how to apply these principles during the planning process. Her cross-curriculum project plan ‘Ocean Environments’ featured in this edition also uses these principles.
What is Instrumental Enrichment?
This short article on Feuerstein’s ‘Instrumental Enrichment’ explains the programme behind Kate O’Hanlon’s case study, ‘Closing the Achievement Gap in Ulster.’
Closing the achievement gap in Ulster
The golden rule of thinking skills programmes is to ‘turnround’ children with learning difficulties. Kate O’ Hanlon’s long-term study shows that Intrumental Enrichment can allow ‘no-hopers’ to achieve surprising GCSE results.
Lotta Norell describes an approach to promoting engagement, understanding and independence for all learners which is being actively adapted in the Lemshaga Akademi, Stockholm.
Fixated on the screen?
Exactly how does boys’ pre-occupation with the video or computer screen affect their literacy? Collette Higgins undertook some research to find out out, and to suggest how teachers might respond.