Strategies for Reshaping Practice: The habits of the classroom #12

Change the emphasis

Sometimes we need to move the spotlight in our teaching to put the emphasis in a different place. For example, we may have used different map projections before but the emphasis could be changed to looking at the issue of fairness in map projections. Sometimes we may need to introduce a new emphasis, for example moving from usefulness to delight or from rules to grace.

  • Teachers can change the emphasis in personal development (PSHE) from creating rules to the people we need to become to live together in the class we would like to be part of.
  • Teachers can change the emphasis in languages, moving the emphasis from first person responses (‘I like … ') to other people’s perspectives ('My Dad likes … ').

These examples show how a change of emphasis can reorient a lesson and create a different teaching and learning experience that can begin to reflect a Christian way of seeing the world.

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