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ERIC Number: EJ1155387
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
New to Teaching: Small Changes Can Produce Big Results!
Shenton, Megan
Primary Science, n146 p29-31 Jan 2017
In this article, Megan Shenton, a final-year trainee teacher at Nottinghom Trent University, describes using "The Big Question" in her science teaching in a move away from objectives. The Big Question is an innovative pedagogical choice, where instead of implementing a learning objective, a question is posed at the start of the session to begin the learning journey. The Big Question allows the children to create their own success criteria; this informs what they do in the lessons and creates a more purposeful and effective set of personalised success criteria for individuals. This article shares the steps in planning the Big Question, the benefits of using the Big Question, what a typical lesson looks like in a science context, and implications for future practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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