“Cool Runnings” – Integrated Unit of Work


Next week we start a film study of Cool Runnings – can’t wait! Most of this class is either in the Specialist Soccer or Specialist Netball programme and the others are all very active. My hope is that using this film, with  sport as the initial ‘hook’ will allow me to develop students understanding of geography and, the film’s key ideas. I have found some terrific resources, one from a tweet I am following: http://www.salisbury.edu/counseling/new/7_critical_reading_strategies.html

I am going to experiment with Jean Blaydes Madigan’s approach to the brain and active learning in an effort to link key events/ideas and quotes. I will use a more “traditional” approach as well and compare the success of the students’ ability to recall these and make links to key concepts.

Lots of other ideas too! eg. the dustbin game and the the above/below the line game on classtools.net (am sure I have not got that last name right! Maybe I need to do a bit of Jean Blaydes Madigan on my own memory!)

Am looking forward to making this blog look a bit more exciting 🙂


About Kate Pill

I am a Secondary School teacher who is passionate about developing students' ability to answer the "who, what, when, why, how, what if and what next" questions over the course of their learning. A "mature starter" (read as - late!) to the teaching game, I am still developing my IT street smarts. This blog will chart my own journey through the metacognition landscape as I facilitate my students' understanding of not only WHAT they are learning but HOW they are learning it. Wish me luck!

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