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Are you prepared to go naked in the classroom this Friday?

27/09/16

Friday 30th September is Naked Teaching Day but you will be relieved to hear that it has nothing to do with shedding your clothes, inviting immediate arrest and permanent removal from the teaching profession.

It does, however, involve a kind of stripping – stripping away the layers of technology and resources we have become used to in the UK and getting back to nature with some truly naked teaching!

The thought of going into a classroom with no trousers might well be less intimidating than going in without textbooks and worksheets or switching off the Interactive Whiteboard for a lot of teachers, but it needn’t be. Thousands of teachers around the world do it every day simply because their own wit and wisdom is the only resource they have to draw on.

#Nakedteachingday has been organised by World Wide Education Project, a charity which supports education in developing countries and disaster zones through services such as exporting redundant educational furniture and equipment from the UK for reuse abroad.

The charity has suggested some five-minute resource-free teaching strategies, including:

  • In pairs, pupils sit facing each other and try to score points based on tennis by coming up with words or idea on a particular topic. Hesitation or repetition means the opponent gets the points.
  • Ask pupils to each to choose a fact or word about their topic and then move around repeating the fact to their classmates – each pair of classmates must find a way to link what they have said.
  • Pupils make up a song or chant to revise their learning in a topic so far.

The charity have lots of ideas how schools and teachers can get involved and are actively fund raising for a project in Ghana

So will you be getting involved? If so let us know how you have got on. Has the experience of teaching without using resources changed the way you think about the job you do and your links to teachers around the world. We would love to hear from you!

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