Coming as I do from
a background as a learning support teacher, I have a special interest
in making CSPE more accessible to the student in need of learning support.
During visits to many schools I am hearing from teachers that the Exemplar
Material is suitable for most students. In particular, those teaching
CSPE for the second time are finding that their knowledge of this material,
the syllabus and the course units, is allowing them to choose appropriate
work and experiences for their students. I would like to make the following
points: reminders really, about the student in need of learning support
STUDENTS MUST EXPERIENCE
It is particularly important to build on the previous learning and comprehension
of the student. This pre-supposes that that teachers introduce CSPE
topics and concepts at a very basic and practical level, and develop
each topic to the level students are capable of understanding.
MEMOR Y IS A PROBLEM
FOR THE LESS ABLE STUDENT
Because of problems with both long and short term memory, it is vital
that overlearing of the key concepts and aspects of CSPE be practised.
Information must be organised in an easily accessed form and the more
personally involved the student is in the learning, the better!
ONE APPROACH TO
THE EXEMPLAR MA TERIAL MIGHT BE
Prioritise: focus only on the key concepts in each unit. Organise: material
must be presented in an organised, easily managed, easily stored and
easily referenced format. Record: folders, copies, tapes, video. Language:
specifically teach the language of each unit being studied. This enables
students to think, and discuss the subject in hand. Display: put student
work on display to raise the profile of the subject matter studied.
Collaborate: as much as possible organise overlap with other subjects,
thus reinforcing. Link: with other CSPE classes in the school -this
creates a sense of belonging and of being "the same as ..." Test: set
attainable goals and return to the key aspects of each unit. Oral/verbal
Think small -address classroom issues, engage in school based action.
Think local - focus on issues in the Community first before taking on
broader issues Think about student issues -take a lead from the students
Think about future relevance -give students an opportunity to practice
"active citizenship' Think about broadening viewpoints -perhaps challenging
NOW OVER TO YOU.