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Engaging bottom set yr 9 students to new GCSE

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katking81

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Engaging bottom set yr 9 students to new GCSE
« on: June 19, 2016, 04:09:30 PM »
hello, I have just started as Head of Geo at a very deprived school (so have a serious lack of resources and budget to buy resources!) They have a 3 year GCSE course so start in Year 9 and I've taken over the bottom set class who have had a series of non-specialist Geography teachers for the past year so they are extremely disengaged. I am struggling with ideas of what to do with them for the next 4 weeks - I want to get started on coasts as have managed to get a trip to the coast next year for them (as the majority have never seen the sea before) but I need to get some buy in from them and try to show them how awesome Geography can be. I'm hoping someone might have some suggestions of ideas or tips to get started?!?!

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Re: Engaging bottom set yr 9 students to new GCSE
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2016, 06:25:11 PM »
Where are you based Kat?

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Re: Engaging bottom set yr 9 students to new GCSE
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2016, 09:21:06 PM »
I'm in Milton Keynes. Only been here a couple of months as came from New Zealand

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Re: Engaging bottom set yr 9 students to new GCSE
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2016, 08:15:30 AM »
Rewards and lots of them. Try to give 3-5 rewards each lesson like merits, a post card or even phone calls home. If they'll like you, they wont mind doing work in a boring lesson. I have had my fair share of bottom sets and I always found my relationship with them was far more important than the kind of lesson I had planned.  Active and cooperative learning activities can always go down well too.  Have a look at this link ( http://www.nicurriculum.org.uk/docs/key_stage_3/ALTM-KS3.pdf) It has some active learning activities which you can use and adapt to your lessons which might make them a bit more fun.

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Re: Engaging bottom set yr 9 students to new GCSE
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2016, 04:39:06 PM »
Agree with c.barton.  Plenty of calls/emails/postcards home when they do something that is genuinely showing effort. Word will quickly go round and they'll all want some praise.

Start with achievable tasks for the students, and have plenty of class discussions if behaviour will allow for this.  Perhaps you could mind map their discussions, take a photo of it and stick a copy in their exercise books so they feel like they've got something to show for their ideas.  Get them making coastal landforms with playdough - or if money won't stretch to this (you can buy huge tubs from the educational suppliers for £10 for own brand), you could use newspaper and sellotape if you can deal with the mess!

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Re: Engaging bottom set yr 9 students to new GCSE
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2016, 06:33:13 PM »
Tesco value tin foil goes a really long way and is excellent for
 making models.
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