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Alsager School

Date of Visit: March 23rd, 2007

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:

  1. Short answer questions to the whole class (sit down if you get the question wrong)
  2. Last one standing makes a speech
  3. The speech is then mind mapped
  4. Split the class into sections and they mind map areas of the syllabus
  5. Explain the mind map to others
  6. Download/visit a mind map site
  7. Summaries

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Thank you so much for everything. Your in-put into Tom’s economics has made a massive difference to him. He has also enjoyed you teaching him, which is more than half of the battle I guess. Thanks also for your understanding with Tom’s stress levels! Hopefully now exams are over (or tomorrow, should I say), things will only improve now! Can’t thank you enough. Your reputation was excellent when we first heard of you, but having experienced the effect your teaching has, you deserve even better! Obviously Tom will be emailing you tomorrow to let you know how he got on and meantime, enough of my compliments! With best wishes. - Sue, Parent