Exploring new ideas for learning and teaching
There are so many different kinds of teaching ideas available, yet it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and do the things you know. Taking time to embrace creativity in the classroom can be difficult while juggling the academic requirements of the curriculum, classroom management and other demands on teachers. However, exploring new ideas for teaching and learning can help create a more motivating and stimulating classroom environment for both you and your students. Start by setting aside a few minutes a day for free thinking and inspiration gathering. Brainstorming alone or with colleagues can also be a great way of exploring some new ideas.
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Mental health activities for the classroomUsing mental health activities in the classroom is a great way to encourage calm among your students. Staff and student well-being should be encouraged, just as much as academic progress and achievement. As part of your classroom activities, you could encourage your students to keep journals. These could include a combination of reflective writing and goal setting or planning. When your students feel they’re achieving positive things, they will feel motivated about their progress. Another way to promote calm is through the science-backed method of meditation. Meditation-style activities can be as simple as grounding students in their breath or encouraging them to focus on each of their five senses.
Equality and diversity teaching activitiesChildren need to be prepared for life beyond school. This includes learning to embrace living and working in a diverse community. Diversity in the classroom builds better thinkers, by challenging students to listen and appreciate different perspectives on various issues. It’s your role as a teacher to represent a wide variety of voices in the curriculum, to ensure students see themselves represented in content, materials and resources. This includes factoring in diverse learning needs to your planning. Some suggestions for making sure the classroom stays accessible and equitable are by using adaptive technologies, implementing a wide range of teaching strategies and ensuring all students have an opportunity to participate and be heard.
- Cognitive: Can you connect the maths in this game to something you already know?
- Affective: What were the fun bits in your learning when you played the game?
- Operative: What were your strengths when playing this game?