Strategies for Reshaping Practice: The habits of the classroom #21

Change the student interaction

Teachers can plan student interaction to match the new emphasis. Learners can work in pairs or groups, individually or as a class. They can collaborate or work on their own. The interaction should reflect the intended perspective and be appropriate for the pupils. If the teaching stresses community and interdependence then collaborative learning may be appropriate, for example when looking at history and the dependence of reformers on a grass roots community. Pupils could make food chains as groups, each group making a chain with different children adding a link.

  • Teachers can use group work which comes together to form a presentation when looking at abolition of slavery in history and how Wilberforce and other reformers were part of a group (the Clapham Circle) and depended on a grass roots movement.
  • Teachers can use whole class work for singing in unison and blending sound as a whole, emphasising interdependence and humility.
These examples show that teachers can change student interaction to reflect a change in perspective and reinforce their new way of seeing a subject.
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