At the heart of the most significant package of reforms since GCSEs replaced O-levels 30 years ago is the end of marking by assessment to cure what Gove called the “structural problem” in the exam normally taken by 16-year-olds.
In its place comes a return to final examinations as the sole measure of a pupil’s success at the end of a two-year GCSE course – with the exception of science, which retains a small assessed practical element."
I’m looking for help with finding resources to teach my freshmen about fair trade (and the surrounding issues.) I was thinking specifically about the issues around chocolate and coffee since those are goods the most of them consume already. I found some great things on blood diamonds, but less for that age group on chocolate/coffee. Does anyone know of any good lesson plans for freshmen on this? Or can anyone point me in a good direction?
They also have a yearly poetry writing competition for UK schools. The theme this year was ‘Chocolate is Something to Cherish. The final submission date was the end of April, but look out for next year. I entered a few years ago. The kids liked the idea of entering with chance to win chocolate!
Even if you are not in the UK and can’t enter the competition, I still recommend having a look at the resource. They also accept submissions in Welsh.
Creativity is not a linear process, in which you have to learn all the necessary skills before you get started. It is true that creative work in any field involves a growing mastery of skills and concepts. It is not true that they have to be mastered before the creative work can begin. Focusing on skills in isolation can kill interest in any discipline. Many people have been put off mathematics for life by endless rote tasks that did nothing to inspire them with the beauty of numbers. Many have spent years grudgingly practicing scales for music examinations only to abandon the instrument altogether once they’ve made the grade.
The real driver of creativity is an appetite for discovery and a passion for the work itself. When students are motivated to learn, they naturally acquire the skills they need to get the work done. Their mastery of them grows as their creative ambitions expand. You’ll find evidence of this process in great teaching in every discipline from football to chemistry."