Magazine article NATE Classroom

Tackling 'Hard to Teach' Topics

Magazine article NATE Classroom

Tackling 'Hard to Teach' Topics

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Some things are notoriously hard to teach. They may be conceptually challenging, involve literature that has inherent difficulties or even simply come across as deadly dull to students. But for various reasons, we have to teach them.

It was the belief that a solution can sometimes be found through the use of ICT that inspired Becta (the government agency in charge of computers in education) to ask NATE to investigate the possibilities that new technologies offer. The approach we took was to recruit teachers, through Local Authorities, the NATE website and other contacts, who were interested in this kind of work and wanted to share their experiences--and to try out new ideas.

After an initial meeting where both 'hard to teach topics' were discussed, and possible ways of tackling them described, teachers went away to try out their own approaches. We kept in touch, visited them in their schools to see how they were progressing and gave advice where we could. …

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