Teachers are being urged to "go naked" on Friday to raise awareness of children around the world who are attending schools in slums or refugee camps.
The goal of the day is to imagine what it would be like to teach stripped bare of any resources.
For #NakedTeachingDay, teachers are being asked to put their supplies back in the cupboard, switch off the interactive whiteboard and rely on teaching without worksheets or textbooks.
The day has been organised by the UK charity World Wide Education Project, which supports education in developing countries and disaster zones through services such as exporting redundant educational furniture and equipment from the UK for reuse abroad.
The charity has suggested some five-minute resource-free teaching strategies, including:
- In pairs, pupils sit facing each other and try to score points based on tennis by coming up with words or idea on a particular topic. Hesitation or repetition means the opponent gets the points.
- Ask pupils to each to choose a fact or word about their topic and then move around repeating the fact to their classmates – each pair of classmates must find a way to link what they have said.
- Pupils make up a song or chant to revise their learning in a topic so far.
Nina Jackson, a teacher who helped to come up with the campaign, advises: "Connecting and developing purposeful learning relationships with the children is key. Good eye contact and a great smile always works. It exudes safety, support and confidence. Even if you’re feeling nervous yourself!"
The charity hopes that schools participating in with Naked Teaching Day can raise awareness and funds for the children it supports.
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