TL; DR If you were able to put this ‘in schools’ what would you start with? Especially for secondary. Assuming you didn’t have the whole school on board. Just you. And academically very average kids.
I’m new here and to forums in general. But I’m concerned that I’m verbosely oversharing in other topics and I’m not currently interested in the competitions and the numbers to 100 (which I don’t even understand). I’m another Lynne Kelly fan. I want to be her when I grow up (but I’m 49, so I may just need to make the best of what i am now). I’m doing a bunch of experiments which get sidelined by the school year (which for me is ending till September) and I put them in my blog if anyone is interested. There’s a rule about self-promotion and blogs so I’m not sure it’s appropriate to share, but that’s where I get to be verbose sans entraves.
Ok, so besides personal projects I’m really up for bringing some of this thinking into schools. I’m concerned I’m not good enough at it and I haven’t understood or experimented enough. But it has been a moot point until now because there was no way to do it. I teach kids who mostly have no English and I teach in a ‘one oral lesson to every class in the school (23) every week’ system and my focus has to be examable English skills.
BUT I will be given a new subject next year that hasn’t existed before and no one KNOWS how to teach it. So I have the opportunity to make it up. And it’s with Form 4 kids (15 years old) and they are relatively sane people. The subject is called ‘English Drama’. So I have reactivated a memory palace I started in my house where I placed 20 countries (like Lynne’s list) and because my own sciencey kid was 13, and because I was terrible at Chem and never learnt it, I added 1-20 periodic table. (I’ve designed locations up to 50, going up the stairs, but not encoded them, or not well enough to stick).
I’ve been getting colleagues to quiz me and talking about the idea of using my new lessons to create a timeline through the school, and no one has thought i was crazy. They’ve all forgotten their periodic tables too.
So what would you do?