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1 The ORBIT coursebook

1.1 Preface

The ORBIT course book presents the resources produced by the ORBIT project in linear form. ORBIT is a resource bank for interactive teaching; each resource in ORBIT is a teaching idea that you can try in the classroom. Sometimes resources are provided with the teaching idea (including, in some cases, concrete lesson plans), but sometimes also the idea is simply presented, with little additional resources.

Each teaching idea is linked to:

  • specific teaching approaches (group work, questioning, etc),
  • specific subjects (mainly mathematics, and science, but also including literacy and language),
    • topics within those subjects: e.g. fractions, magnetism;
  • and linked to specific use of technology (where appropriate).

The online resource bank ORBIT allows you to explore the resources as you like, for instance start a subject/topic, and look at a linked teaching approach that you'd like to know more about, delve futher into subjects/topics, discover other teaching approaches from there, or look at technology, etc. However, it does not present a systematic overview. We thus created the ORBIT course book, that provides a systematic overview of all teaching approaches, linked to the relevant lesson ideas.

1.2 Introduction

Teaching Approaches/Introduction
An introduction to Open Educational Resources in Teacher Education

2 Questioning

Teaching Approaches/Questioning

2.1 Teacher Education Resources: Questioning

Questioning - Bloom's Taxonomy
Questioning - Bloom's Taxonomy/Document
Common Pitfalls of Questioning
Common Pitfalls of Questioning/Document

2.2 Practical Classroom Activities: Questioning

Using Prime and Square Numbers - How Old Am I?
DNA sequencing: Ordering the stages

3 The Importance of Dialogue in Whole Class and Group Work

Teaching Approaches/Dialogic Teaching
Teaching Approaches/Whole Class
Teaching Approaches/Collaboration
Teaching Approaches/Group Talk

3.1 Teacher Education Resources: Dialogue in Whole Class and Group Work

The Environment for Group Talk
The Environment for Group Talk/Document

3.2 Practical Classroom Activities: Dialogue in Whole Class and Group Work

Playing with Probability - Efron's Dice
Playing with Probability - Efron's Dice/Activity
Organising images for a narrative

4 Assessment

Teaching Approaches/Assessment

4.1 Teacher Education Resources: Assessment

Giving Oral Feedback
Giving Oral Feedback/Document
Giving Written Feedback
Giving Written Feedback/Document

4.2 Practical Classroom Activities: Assessment

Changing KS3 Questions for Engaging Assessment
Changing Questions Description

5 Inclusion and Differentiation

Teaching Approaches/Inclusion
Teaching Approaches/Differentiation

5.1 Teacher Education Resources: Inclusion and Differentiation

Planning for Inclusion
Developing Progression in Primary Science
Developing Progression in Primary Science/Document

5.2 Practical Classroom Activities: Inclusion and Differentiation

6 Developing Language

Teaching Approaches/Developing Language

6.1 Teacher Education Resources: Developing Language

Subject Specific Vocabulary
Subject Specific Vocabulary/Document
Directed Activities Related to Text (DARTs)
Directed Activities Related to Text (DARTs)/Document
Jargon - the language of science
Developing Language in Primary Science
Developing Language in Primary Science/Document
Developing Language in Primary Science/Using Light

6.2 Practical Classroom Activities: Developing Language

Exploring shape and its mathematical language through sorting activities
Exploring shape and its mathematical language through sorting activities/Resource
Exploring shape and its mathematical language through sorting activities/Resource 1
Exploring shape and its mathematical language through sorting activities/Resource 2
Exploring shape and its mathematical language through sorting activities/Resource 3
Exploring shape and its mathematical language through sorting activities/Resource 4
Introduction to standard index form
Introduction to standard index form/Teacher Notes

7 Enquiry-based Learning

Teaching Approaches/Inquiry

7.1 Teacher Education Resources: Enquiry-based Learning

Primary Science investigation
Primary Science investigation/Document

7.2 Practical Classroom Activities: Enquiry-based Learning

88 Miles per hour
Which material makes a good parachute
Which material makes a good parachute/Lesson Document
Persuasive argument: Best car
Persuasive argument: Best car/Document

8 Technology for Interactive Teaching

Pedagogy and ICT a Review of the Literature

8.1 Teacher Education Resources: Technology for Interactive Teaching

Exploring issues in uptake of digital literacy tools

8.2 Practical Classroom Activities: Technology for Interactive Teaching

Digital Reporters at Camp Cardboard
Data Logging and Control
Data Logging and Control/Cooling Curve