Three schools are currently working with BuildToExpress and are sharing their thoughts on the product, how they are using it and what they are achieving. Today we have insights from Claire Prud’homme, Director of Learning for Psychology at Smestow School in Wolverhampton. She is showing how this hands-on resource can be used to teach Psychology to A-level students.
I teach A-level Psychology and have been using my BuildToExpress kit with Year 12 and Year 13. I have created my own LEGO Challenge Cards for the Year 12 Ethics lessons and Year 13 Debate lesson.
Here is what I covered in the Ethics session:
- What does it mean to be unethical? – Five minute build and then you will have time to discuss what you have made in your class
- So what does it mean to ethical? – Three minute build. You need to alter your creation to make it represent something ethical
- Ethical issues – you will be given one ethical issue. Once you have read through the information you need to create a model to represent it to rest of the group – five minute build
- You have one minute to discuss with the person next to you why your issue is important.
What the students loved about it
It is different from what they normally use in lessons; they liked being able to express themselves using something other than words or pictures. They also liked the fact that they could all participate in a group task and all explain their part of their creation which made it a whole.
How it changed the output of the sessions
The learning objectives were that they had a sound grasp of what ethical and unethical meant, they all brought something to the task and they all brought a different way of thinking about the task or explaining that task which meant the outcomes were a deeper understanding than they would have got from a more conventional activity.
The students automatically want to use the set. They may be 17 or 18 but they immediately could not wait to open the box! They have asked to use it since for different things too – they can see how it can be used to demonstrate ideas which they may have difficulty putting into words.
How did it impact me from a teaching perspective?
Planning was easy for that lesson! The progress being made was clear, the understanding they developed of the key issues was also clear! It has made me realise that there are better ways to develop a student’s understanding and I will apply this to different topics as the term progresses. The students love it, I also love it as it meant minimal planning on my part!
My next lesson will use BuildToExpress to explain reductionism to Year 13. They will build something very complicated using as many pieces as possible, then they will have to build the same thing but using as few pieces as possible. I am really looking forward to seeing the results of this lesson.
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