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Do the Same Thing Differently

We’re always exhorted to do something different, but what if the basic principles of what you’re doing are pretty sound? Perhaps sometimes putting old wine into new bottles is better than producing new wine.

For example, giving pupils a quick mental warm-up at the start of a lesson, such as with a terminology test or a news quiz, is definitely a good thing to do: teachers have been doing it for ages, in every subject under the sun. But maybe these days we’d want to use a polling application to capture their responses.

What prompted me to think along these lines was a visit to a local allotment society open day a few weeks ago. They had scarecrows on many of the plots, to keep birds away. We all know what a scarecrow looks like, don’t we? But these folk had decided that the traditional sort of scarecrow was passé, so they came up with versions like this:

So much more interesting! So much more fun!

Have a look around your domain. What changes could you make that would retain the best of the old whilst injecting a new element of pizazz?

See Carry out a SWOT analysis and Get out and about for more ideas and suggestions.

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Reader Comments (2)

Nothing to do with education BUT ...
I'm now thinking of organising a scarecrow competition for Halloween ... anything for a laugh!
October 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBob Harding

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