Purpose-Based Classroom Activities
Finding different ways to support engaged learning is a worthwhile and interesting challenge; purpose-based activities to foster context and meaning.
I suspect using resources such as these could offer easy scaffolding across differentiated tasks and we wouldn’t want that, would we? :))
Recently, a student asked if it is a good idea to pursue an exam subject through enjoyment and, whilst I caution to consider a range of possibilities, I can’t help but throw a couple of questions back – why would anyone ever consider studying a subject they enjoy and find pleasure in achieving excellence when they can just as easily choose a subject they find boring? Why would they do that?
I think these questions are equally relatable to teaching. Pressed for time, it is easy to churn out the same or at best, similar activities without reflecting on the holistic student experience where it is well documented that happy-learning is motivational and key to retaining knowledge and so, it’s become a personal challenge to gather an expanding bank of ideas that are transferrable across subjects. That said, I suspect using resources such as these could offer easy scaffolding across differentiated tasks and we wouldn’t want that, would we? :))
By no means an exhaustive list and remains work in progress: