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The shopping basket of contentment!


To help students understand and prioritise their future thinking, We give students a range of aspirational cards which they have to order to create their must haves down to the not bothered. They range from having the latest gadgets,working your way to the top, a healthy lifestyle to giving and recieving love. There is often a surface level of materialism at first, but groups all agree on a list of priorities which very much supports maslow‘s work. After this discussion, students reflect on their own needs and wants to see what is really important to them. Students are allowed to take 5 things with them in their ‘Shopping Basket of Contentment’. They then have to analyse what kind of person this makes them and start to think about what they will need to do to bridge the gap between where they are now and what they want to become.

Author: Pete Jones

I am primarily an Art teacher, but over the past 5 years have been co-developing an experienced-based learning programme in the school I work in called Pebble, (short for Project Based Learning). I read extensively on learning and education, and I intend to use this blog to record what is going on in my head as well as in the classroom. Hopefully I will be able to share resources and ideas with like-minded thinkers in the future. The Pebble course runs through the whole of Year 8 for 5 periods a week. I am desperate for our world wide education system to catch up with the way we live our lives. Transformation of what we learn in schools and how we learn in schools is desperately overdue. Pebble is a skills centered curriculum with the focus very much on what students need to be successful learners, giving them valuable, deep learning experiences to boot.

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