HOW2: Learning Market
Laura, who works at Nine Acres primary school on the Isle of Wight, wanted her pupils to learn the ins and outs of good letter writing. And she wanted them to do this in groups, cooperating together on their learning. When she found the Learning Market and read about the learning skills they develop, she knew this was the HOW2 for the job.
“Question and acquire additional information from peers so that they improve the effectiveness of their questioning.”
Using a real evacuee’s letter as a model, Laura organised her pupils into groups, each with a different set of questions and resources to direct their thinking. Their answers were displayed onto a poster that served as the focus for conversations in the market-like exchange of information that followed. Finally, with pupils back in their original groups, there was preparation time before a quiz. Pupils pulled their learning together, motivated by each pupils’ score counting towards the group tally.
Preparing for independent learning
There’s no doubt Laura had to prepare the resources to make this activity work well. But with the HOW2 being classroom-ready, or needing just a small tweak, she could concentrate on the evacuee’s letter, the VCOP poster and the worksheet. Laura is clear that independent learning doesn’t come about by letting pupils get on with it on their own. On the contrary, it only happens if it is carefully organised beforehand.
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What could you do with Learning Market? Why not try it out and let us now how you got on? We’d love to tell your story.