Using sporting analogies to improve essay writing at GCSE – insanity?

It must be something about the way I learn I suppose but I find myself routinely using analogies of one kind or another in my teaching. Indeed I sometimes catch my VI formers rolling their eyes as I cough up yet another possibly spur of the moment offering – they are very patient! Anyway they are sitting their final paper tomorrow and will not have to put up with my madness any longer. Not so fortunate are my Y11 class who have recently completed one paper and have their final exam in a couple of weeks time. We have one more revision day, yes a whole day, in which to polish their skills. We have already done a good revision programme with the pupils so my partner in crime and I are busy planning a series of activities for our last day with them to get over some key points in a memorable fashion, after all, familiarity breeds contempt. One of the activities I have up my sleeve involves Playmobil figures and blindfolds but more of that in another post in the near future. For now I thought I’d share a Prezi that I’m going to use (in a slightly modified format) when we talk about essay writing skills.

I’ve had real trouble trying to embed the presentation so for the time being I’m afraid a link is the best I can do. However I’ll pop the presentation on here when I crack the problem!

Link to Prezi

By richmiller66

My name is Richard Miller. I am currently an Assistant Headteacher (Personal Development) at a secondary school in Suffolk, UK. I teach history, citizenship, sociology and cultural capital for pupils aged 11-18. I am particularly interested in teaching more able pupils and looking for innovative and creative approaches to learning and teaching. I use the blog as my reflective journal - the views I share are 'work in progress'!

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