The 5-14 curriculum is heavy

August 25, 2008 at 4:57 pm Leave a comment

Day one of the PGDE… We had a nice welcome from various members of staff, and I feel the course has really started, with my University Card in my purse and the first task (peer teaching) already set.

The main thing I wanted to note down from the day are these games for helping people bond as a group…

[1] A carousel-style introductions game

Tell everyone to find a partner. Ask them to arrange themselves into an inner and an outer circle – partners should face each other, one in the inner circle, the other in the outer circle. Tell the partners to introduce themselves to each other by saying, “Hello, I’m [name] and I like [interest]” (model this). Once introduced, everyone should move one place anti-clockwise, meeting the next person in the opposite circle. They must introduce themselves as before, and also tell their new partner the name and interest of their last partner. This carries on until they reach their partner again.

Notes: It’s quite noisy! And it’s surprisingly difficult to remember each new person’s name and interest when trying to tell the next person about the last one. But it’s easier to introduce yourself to just one person at a time, not the whole group. You could use this game to emphasise communication skills: manners, the importance of listening to each other… It’s good for helping a group to bond, and making people feel more able to talk to each other.

[2] Find all the people who like the same…

Tell everyone they must “Get into a group with all the other people who like the same [colour, drink, animal, sport…] as you”.

You can see how they got on by asking each group to tell the whole group their preference in turn – there shouldn’t be two groups with the same preference.

Notes: This is fairly easy and helps people find out what they have in common. It can build confidence in talking to new people in the group, although it is possible for participants to avoid this by simply going along with the preference of the group they are already in.

[3] Line up in order of…

Ask the group to “Line up across the room in order of [something, eg birthday dates, age…]”. You can find out how they got on by asking each person in the line to say their answer in turn.

Notes: This also helps people find things in common, and it’s easier to make sure everyone participates. Everyone has a place on the line – no-one is isolated. It could be more difficult to find suitable topics, as you need something where there will be differences between participants along a spectrum, but it has to be information participants are comfortable revealing to the group.

The other lasting impression of the day is the weight of the printed 5-14 curriculum. We each got a copy, and I had to walk home, pushing my bicycle as it was too big and heavy to go in my bag – maybe I’m going to need to get panniers for this course. Will the Curriculum for Excellence be lighter 😉

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