Jason Kimberley, a member of the team at TheTeachersFriend, explains how their lessons connect young people with the world around them.
What type of resources do you create and how do they differ from other authors?
Our focus is supporting teachers to develop fun and engaging lessons that connect young people with our vibrant world. We want to spark their interest in learning and equip them with the skills and knowledge to make a difference. Teachers will be able to support students in conducting their own investigations on current topics. For example, the mathematics lesson Understanding the Earth’s water supply gets students to calculate the percentage of fresh water available for human use and explain why water is a limited resource.
Many teachers have access to a range of resources but what makes a great resource?
Excellent teaching resources should encourage learning that relates to the real world, not learning for the sake of it. Each of our lessons has purpose as a solid foundation and focuses on real-world learning and taking action. We also include a learning intention and success criteria.
Which resources are your most popular or favourites?
We encourage our teachers to create their dream lesson – the engaging lesson we’d all like to deliver but lack time to develop. Design an energy efficient school challenges secondary students to redesign an area of their school. They identify energy users then brainstorm design solutions to reduce energy reliance. They present designs using a map, model, blueprint or digital representation. The lesson builds a real-world understanding of how STEM delivers solutions to contemporary issues.
Learning about living things: frog in a pond game is a fun game for primary science classes. It’s a new twist on the old-favourite 'Red light, green light’. The player nominated as ‘it’ is a frog and the rest of the class are insects, who try to cross the pond without being eaten.
As well as providing a real-world learning experience, our resources save teachers a lot of time!