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Teaching Strategies

Teaching Strategies

Our new Teaching Strategies PDF collates a selection of strategies that appear frequently in our resources. Each strategy has a rationale and procedure for use, as well as an icon to facilitate student recall. To help you in choosing the right strategy, they have been coded in the following way:

  • Creating a Reflective Classroom Community (RCC)
  • Developing Knowledge and Understanding (KU)
  • Fostering Critical Engagement and Critical Thinking (CECT)
  • Developing Oracy and Listening Skills (OL)
  • Facilitating the Sharing of Ideas (SI)

At their core, all the strategies work towards creating a safe classroom space in which students feel respected, are able to learn from each other, and are encouraged to excel academically. Designed to support educators in the United Kingdom teaching History, Citizenship, PSHE, RS and English, this resource offers a variety of classroom strategies to develop critical thinking and communication skills, model democracy in the classroom, and empower students to become active, responsible citizens.

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Teaching “Night” interweaves a literary analysis of Elie Wiesel’s powerful and poignant memoir with an exploration of the relevant historical context surrounding his experience during the Holocaust.

The guide draws on videos, historical photographs, and a wide range of primary and secondary sources to help students develop a nuanced understanding of this complex and disturbing period of history, including Wiesel’s time in Auschwitz.

Throughout the guide, students will revisit the central questions that ask How is our identity shaped and reshaped by the circumstances we encounter? How do tragedy and trauma influence an individual’s identity and choices? Using this framework to explore the memoir, students will build literacy and historical-analysis skills, while also fostering critical social-emotional competencies like empathy and perspective-taking.

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Fostering Civil Discourse: How Do We Talk About Issues That Matter?

The ideas and tools in this guide will help you prepare students to engage in reflective conversations on topics that matter, whether you are in a remote, hybrid, or in-person setting.

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