4.3 Actions speak louder than words
Mme Touré’s method is one way to ensure children’s understanding. There are many others.
Activity 18: Strategies to help children understand explanations
This activity will allow teachers to start building a bank of ideas they will be able to use to support pupil understanding.
- Download from the TESSA website and read the TESSA key resource ‘Using explaining and demonstrating to assist learning’
- Read and annotate both sections titled ‘Assisting learning by demonstrating’ and ‘Explaining is not one-way’.
- Using a table like the one below:
- Write some ideas of how you can use demonstrations and explanations in the ‘Strategies’ column.
- Now think about your pupils who need much more support and, in the ‘Adaptations for certain pupils’ column, write down your ideas to facilitate understanding for these pupils.
|Strategies||Adaptations for certain pupils|
|1||Illustrate the explanations with images, diagrams, objects …|
Serge (visual impairment): large images
Emilie (blind): An object that can be explored through touch