Thursday, 17 November 2016

Gdes2014 Responses to Key Q's From Clients

Lauren:
Terminology – is it ok to name Elizabeth I as ‘The Virgin Queen’ – presumably they will think it’s just a name without understanding the actual terms used. Is this ok, or better to stick just to Eliz. I? 


Annie:
Hm that’s a tricky one and a bit of a judgement call. I would check out and see if BBC have used it, and if they have, go for it. If not, I’d get rid of it- anything that makes you think twice, it’s safer just to edit out.

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Lauren:
Some of the students wanted to do three activities for each person and mini booklets for each individual – I suggested this was ok but to bear in mind the length of the lesson. Do you agree? Do you have anything to add to this?


Annie:
I agree, that sounds super! It would be important I think to make them obviously a ‘set’ of three, rather than 3 individual booklets- e.g similar design, similar activities/questions.
 

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Lauren:
Do we have a preference for front covers i.e. just title, or also subtitles and/or visual? And what do we want the title to be? I suggested that it was up to them as to whether include just the title, or also include other info and visuals and suggested the title was up to them too – so long as it was clear that these were significant people in British history. 


Annie:
Ideally, I think a front cover should be quite enticing and visual. Other than that, I am quite open. It doesn’t need to be ‘significant people’- that’s quite challenging language- so another title would also work.


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Lauren:
One student wanted to also include the information about what instruments Flo Nightingale used in nursing  but was worried that, because some of these are quite gruesome, it might be inappropriate. What do you think? I would have thought that it didn’t matter as Horrible Histories is really gruesome  and kids love it… but I could be wrong here! 


Annie:
I agree, keep them in- but describe them sensitively e.g instead of saying ‘this was used to rip out eyeballs’ or whatever, you could explain it was used to help someone’s eye feel better if it was hurt. Something like that? Again, I think if it makes you feel uncomfortable, take it out, but there’s certainly ways of making it work if that’s what you want to do.
 

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Lauren:
Is A4 ok – we thought that might be the best size for teachers to print out, but do you think two A5's on one side would also work? 


Annie:
I agree A4 is probs best. Smaller ages tend to need larger spaces to write on (this took me ages to figure out- your instinct is that  smaller children would want smaller spaces to work on, but the opposite it true) A5 would be fine too (although it would need to be configured so it was easy to print), but be aware of them needing lots of space if they are writing, drawing etc.

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Lauren:
Do we want students to include teacher handbook/notes for teachers on how to use the resource? My instinct was to say 'no' as it would give the teacher flexibility on how to use the resource, and the worksheets should be obvious and clear as to how to be used. But you may have other ideas….? 


Annie:
Agree here. I think a teacher’s notes section is fine and sometimes useful- do include if you want. BUT I would be aware of using this as a crutch- if your activity isn’t easy to understand from the book itself, think why not? How could you make it easier to understand? You don’t want the teacher to have to talk them through it step-by-step.

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