News Values

News Values

A lesson looking at news values and how news is made. You will need a supply of newspapers for the activity
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Teeth,  animal diets and adaptation KS2 yr 3/4

Teeth, animal diets and adaptation KS2 yr 3/4

KS2 Yr 3/4 This is a lesson covering the dentition of different types of animals : herbivore,carnivore, omnivore it encourages children to look at skulls (I usually bring some in but you can probably borrow some) and their dentition and see how eyes and teeth are adapted for lifestyle. There is a lesson plan, learning objcetives /extension ideas/ suggested plenary and a vocabulary mat to print out (some terms for G&T pupils)
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Basic Sociological Theory Revision for AS / higher performing GCSE students

Basic Sociological Theory Revision for AS / higher performing GCSE students

This is a resource I constructed for "weaker" A level students who had difficulty with theory it applies the theory to class. I used it during an intervention session where I went through each approach and then got the students to make a revision resource for each section . It does not contain many theorist names so is more suitable for the current AS exam rather than the A level. It could be printed out and given as revision cards for students.
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Primary Behaviour Audit Toolkit

Primary Behaviour Audit Toolkit

These are model resources for you to use as they are or to modify for your own needs. They are not perfect (though I am a dab hand at designing good questionnaires) but will save you loads of hours or give you an aunt sally to work from. Although towards the end of my career i worked mainstream, I was a behaviour support teacher for 8 years and used these resources successfully.
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Theory and Methods for sociology

Theory and Methods for sociology

This is an 11 page handout (At 11pt) full of an in depth notes and tasks related to all aspects of sampling in sociology. It covers all the key terms they need to know, a critique of all sampling frames plus some notes on bias too. There are tasks included which relate to crime and deviance but you could modify these to suit your chosen focus.
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Blooms Hierarchy Questions for Sociology

Blooms Hierarchy Questions for Sociology

I used to teach in a school where some very weak students ended up doing sociology. I developed this resource to explicitly teach then the differences in the answers expected at A level to achieve good marks/grades. This resource could also be used in training/mentoring teachers in the use of blooms questioning, which I found very useful. I used to write out questions and target them according to the student. This can be a useful discipline when teaching classes with widely differing abilities until you get used to them.
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PEEL essay structure  "how to do" instructions

PEEL essay structure "how to do" instructions

This is developed for sociology but with minor alterations could be used elsewhere in the curriculum. This resource could also be used in teacher training/mentoring on how to teach students how to write essays. It provides step by step instructions and has a task at the end. You need to provide your own exemplar essay or download one of mine to use with the tasks at beginning and possibly the end too
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ABCD - Achieving Behaviour Change Decision Log Sheet

ABCD - Achieving Behaviour Change Decision Log Sheet

This is a modified version of the ABC model which is used in a wide range of school and clinical settings to modify undesirable behaviour. It is used by staff to help them reflect on the environmental triggers for behaviour for individuals and whole groups or in targeted behaviour interventions for whole people What is different about this: The language encourages reflection on self and behaviours rather than blaming someone else. The emphasis on the language is “you” and your behaviour and the choices made. This is very important because bad stuff happens to everyone and those people who mindfully respond to situations generally get a better outcome for themselves and others. Those who externalise their problems “so and so upset me” rarely change their behaviour because they have a ready-made excuse. The drip drip drip of focus on “your choice” “your behaviour” is the only means I know of helping them realise they may not have control over what happens to them but they can control how they respond. The other main difference is that there isn’t just ABC – antecedents, behaviour, consequences but also D. Decision. When things have gone wrong in a situation it is tempting for everyone to do an autopsy. This isn’t helpful. The events are already “gone” and one the slab (to continue the metaphor). D is the “what next” “do something different” it could be setting a personal target. Or if things have gone well, encourage reflection on what well and making it “even better”. If this is about trying something different then try to change one behaviour at a time. So this takes the analysis from the past into trying to make future actions better or even better next time.
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essay "assess the view that the nuclear family is good for the individual and society" A grade

essay "assess the view that the nuclear family is good for the individual and society" A grade

Note only first two paragraphs now visible This is a teacher written essay, written in the simplest, most straightforward style. It is not elegant or advanced, but good to illustrate a structure for those who have to learn how to write good essays. Assess the view that the nuclear family is good for society and the individual. "The nuclear family is the traditional family of the industrial society in the UK. It is seen as ideal and another name for it is the cereal packet family because the ideal is like the families represented in adverts. Familial ideology suggests it is better than any other type of family and is good for society and the individual. In this essay these assumptions will be evaluated." TIP: I give my students 4 coloured highlighters, one for supporting arguments, one for criticism , one for correctly idetified theoriests and theroetical terms and one for concluding or summative commentary. we go through the essay comparing the colour patterns at the end. It is a great confidence booster for them
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Template for writing "Examine" essay with worked example for Family topic

Template for writing "Examine" essay with worked example for Family topic

The framework was not an original idea but the worked example is. This is a teacher written essay, written in the simplest, most straightforward style. It is not elegant or advanced, but good to illustrate a structure for those who have to learn how to write good essays. An examine essay requires two or more different perspectives given equal weight. It does not require one perspective which is evaluated. this is the title and introduction: Examine ways in which childhood can be said to be socially constructed Childhood, seen as a separate existence from adulthood has not always existed. Similarly ideas about childhood: its length, characteristics and how children are regarded vary from place to place. When a characteristic such as childhood varies between cultures and at different times it is said to be socially constructed. This essay will examine the ways in whether concepts of childhood are entirely socially constructed TIP: I give my students 4 coloured highlighters, one for point of one perspective , one for each subsequent perspective , one for correctly idetified theoriests and theroetical terms and one for concluding or summative commentary. we go through the essay comparing the colour patterns at the end. It is a great confidence booster for them
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Introduction and overview of qualitative methods for Sociology

Introduction and overview of qualitative methods for Sociology

This is a lesson with activities to introduce qualitative methods. These is a lot of content in this so you may want to split into two. The basic content could also be adapted for psychology too. Students need to understand PERVERT for an exercise included here but it is fully explained in a slide you can use or print out as a "mat" for lessons
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Secularisation

Secularisation

AQA sociology religion, lesson on secularisation. This is the lesson which builds on the video starter i have uploaded. It contains statistics, definitions, arguments for and against secularisation. There is an additional lesson which includes theoretical commentary
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Adoption studies for psychology Edexcel

Adoption studies for psychology Edexcel

This is an end of unit lesson on adoption studies to go with the biological approach specifically: The environment of adoptive children is not the same as that of their biological families They have genes in common. Can be used to assess the extent to which behaviours such as aggression are the result of nature (genes) or nurture (environmental influences). This is done by comparing the children to their biological parent and their adoptive parent. If the children are more similar to their biological parents this supports nature. If they are more similar to their adoptive parents this supports nurture
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How to write a basic long sociological essays

How to write a basic long sociological essays

Many lower ability A level students get "pushed" toward sociology because there is a perception in some quarters at least, that it is an easy subject.It is not, especially if literacy is a weakness. I have used this presentation along with some work sheets I developed to help weaker students grasp two essential elements of the sociological writing: 1. presenting competing arguments 2. writing in an analytical/ detached style
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How to work with parents on behaviour targets as part of Behaviour Plans

How to work with parents on behaviour targets as part of Behaviour Plans

A document explaining how to help a child meet their targets by focussing on the positive. These are the opening words of this 3 page document with useful diagrams: When you look at a child’s target sheet it is easy for the eye to be drawn to where they have failed and the negative comments that are sometimes there. If you comment about these the child will focus their energy on where it went wrong and their “failure”. It is a bit like saying to someone balancing on the edge of a cliff “Don’t look down!” Their eyes and whole body are drawn to the very things you don’t want them to do! If this negative focus continues, it can then build into feelings for the child such as “I got it wrong” “every time I try I fail” “I can’t do it”. This then gets translated into “I am a failure” “I am bad”. The overall effect is a spiral where the child behaves how he/ she thinks they are perceived and the behaviours we are trying to change become worse not better. The child may even fail to show his/her target sheet to you or “lose” it. Being “solution focussed” turns this on its head. It works on where the child got it right and builds on that. The approach relies on noticing, commenting on and magnifying where the child has “got it right” and subtly ignoring the failures. (This doesn’t negate the need for sanctions for breaches of accepted standards of behaviour).
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Can you win the healthy lottery ? a game to explore inequalities in health

Can you win the healthy lottery ? a game to explore inequalities in health

Print out the slides on cards, prepare enough packs for one between 4 students. You will need one die for each group The cards are a little like the chance cards in Monopoly. Each has a chance of adding years to life or taking years away. The game should take about 15 minutes to play, 10 minutes afterwards in discussion and completing life chances table. This can be followed by teacher input. The subject matter can be used for health unit or wealth poverty and welfare It focuses on the main sociological explanations for inequalities in health and turns them into a game of chance
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