According to Alistair Smith’s Accelerated Learning Cycle (this pedagogy has transformed my life!), this 'activation' stage normally follows the starter activity mentioned in the previous blog post and involves:
-This is where learners find the information and begin to make sense of it.
-They will need to use a variety of intelligences and tools to assist.
-Students are encouraged to solve problems in variety of situations and construct their own meanings.
Choice: Divide room up into a ‘practical’ zone and ‘research’ zone and give students the choice where they want to work
Multisensory approach: Bring in a prop connected to your lesson and play a video. Allow the object to be passed around the room whilst the students are watching the video.
Uncover: A picture about the topic is displayed and covered up. The teacher slowly reveals parts of the picture and asks students to guess what they think it shows.
Real life challenge: Pretend students have a real life scenario e.g. teach a group of year 6 children about Romeo and Juliet or work for an advertisement company and need to sell holidays to Paris…in French!
Home and away groups: Divide students into ‘home’ teams and let them go off to ‘expert’ teams to research a topic before they return to ‘home’ teams.
Re-creation: Split the class into groups and show each group an image/text- then hide it! Ask each group to re-create it. The group that re-creates the most accurate depiction will win.
Carousel: Set up information stations around the room and get students to explore them! They could rotate around and fill in a chart during their expedition.