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Modelling in the classroom

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Paul Sheffield

on 18 January 2016

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Transcript of Modelling in the classroom

Show empathy
On your tables
Discuss the following
What is modeling in the classroom?
How do you use it?
Why do we do it?
Scripting a text at the front of the class with your students. Not only will you model subject-specific academic language, but you will also unearth the complex thought processes that contribute to successful writing.

Use multiple exemplars
Use Students
Modeling in the classroom
Live modeling
Guide your students through strategies that overcome these as you model, using phrases such as: “When I first looked at this problem I didn’t know where to start – and then it hit me that I should …” and: “It’s OK to feel frustrated at this point; I often do.”
"What am I doing?"
"Why am I doing it?"

For example, a PE teacher modelling a javelin throw will ask probing questions such as: “What are my fingers doing as I grip it?” and then, “Why am I gripping it this way?” There will be many more questions as she demonstrates the full run-up and throw.
Punctuate with questions
Comparing excellent and poor examples can help students to identify the reasons for success.

Multiple exemplars are also important to ensure that you don’t stunt creativity in subjects that call for divergent responses.

For example, when teaching creative writing, ensure students see a range of excellent examples to help them realise that high-quality prose comes in many shapes and sizes.
Asking more-able students to model a task to the rest of the class can be an interactive way to involve students.
How do you use it?
On your tables
Share examples and techniques that you use in your subject
Come up with a list of best practice.
In Philosophy and Ethics we model difficult, usually abstract concepts by comparing them to concrete ones. A good example of this is when we teach the Christian belief in the Holy Trinity.

According to the Trinity, God is believed to be the Father, the son and the Holy Spirit – all separate entities AND all ONE. Jesus is God in human form; the Holy Spirit is God in action and God is the Father of all. All distinct parts of one whole.

How I use Modelling in Art and Photography

- Live modelling to demo tasks ie. Drawing, painting
- Live modelling on the board to demo a task using Photoshop
- Asking students to model tasks to eachother
- Having exemplar work of varying grades to support students
Pupil Modelling: Solids liquids and gases
using everyday concrete ideas to explain a difficult concept that can't normally be visualised
Explaining current and voltage
two abstract ideas but there are many different ways to model them.
To give the students a sense of how this works (and it is only a sense because God is believed to be unknowable, in part) we might use one of the following comparisons:

•· Water : Solid/Liquid/Gas (ice, water, water vapour)

•· Egg: Shell, white, yolk

•· 3 leaf clover – each leaf is separate but together they all make up the one whole plant

Stretch and challenge would involve asking the students to come up with analogies of their own and to explain how they work.
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