I am considering one or more of these strategies to introduce said element of risk:
Risk Strategy 1. Teach coastal erosion. I know nothing about coastal erosion, so this should definitely introduce an element of risk. If I find a nifty little way of linking it into one of their GCSE Literature texts, I'm sure this will prove acceptable. ('Of Mice and Men' is about mice ... mice live behind skirting boards ... skirting boards are around the edge of rooms ... coasts are around the edges of land ... link sorted.) In fact, I've got my essay title planned already. 'Coastal erosion and the Wall Street Crash: discuss.'
|Lennie looked anxious. 'If ah tell George I was the one who pushed that ol' house nearly off|
that damn cliff, he ain't gonna let me tend the rabbits,' he thought.
Risk Strategy 2. Teach while dressed as a domino. This should introduce into a lesson an aspect of surprise which will heighten the atmosphere and help the kids to keep focused. My mum dressed me as a domino once for a fancy dress party when I was a kid. She took a white pillowcase, found a marker pen, drew a thick black line across the middle of it and some dots above and below it, and then cut a hole in the top for my head. My mum wasn't handy with a needle and this was the only idea she could come up with. If I teach dressed as a domino, I'm sure this also counts as a cross-curricular link (2 dots plus 1 dot equals 3 dots equals link with numeracy.)
|Fran was thrilled to find, on Google Images, evidence that others, too, spent|
hours and hours on their fancy dress costumes.
Risk Strategy 3. Do the whole lesson in a Welsh accent. When we're reading 'Of Mice and Men', this is definitely going to bring in some elements of risk, because it's very hard to say, 'I'm gunna git maself down to the cathouse and git maself a gal an' no one ain't gunna do nuttin' abou' it' as though you were born and bred in Abergavenny. Saying that line in itself in the middle of an observed lesson on 'Of Mice and Men' is going to be risky anyway, because there's no such line in the book. But you know what ah mean, sure ya do.
|Fran prepared for her lesson by getting into the role and practising|
saying 'Le's go and buck barley,' with a lilt