“I’d like to organise for you to do a one day YR 10 GCSE Business Studies conference (95 students) in Jan next year. Interested?” (May 2006)
In the end it was decided that rather than have 90+ year 10 pupils in one hall all day (on a Friday!), to split them into four groups. Each class would be taught something slightly different to encourage group discussions later.
Here’s how it worked:
Class 1 (09.45 – 10.45) : Les Miserables, Marketing, Advertising, Business Ownership, Finance.
Class 2: (11.10 – 12.10): Gothic music; Finance; Business Ownership; Product Life Cycle; Motivational Theorists
Class 3: (13.10 – 14.10): Football; Advertising; Cheating in exams; Bluffing the Examiner; Dystonia
Class 4: (14.10 – 15.10): Beef; Conception; Advertising; Theorists; Ownership; Finance
The procedure was:
- Short answer questions to the whole class (sit down if you get the question wrong)
- Last one standing makes a speech
- The speech is then mind mapped
- Split the class into sections and they mind map areas of the syllabus
- Explain the mind map to others
- Download/visit a mind map site