Student presentations: why they’re vital and how to build them into your SoW

Student presenting to class

Some students relish the opportunity to hold forth to a captive audience, whereas others may be more reticent or suffer from serious performance anxiety. Either way, I think all students should be encouraged to give regular presentations in their A Level lessons. Why? Giving presentations is an essential life skill that our students will need […]

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What do students need to know about the biology of schizophrenia? – dopamine hypothesis and neural correlates

Revised spread

There does seem to be some confusion over what students need to know about the biology of schizophrenia and whether the ‘dopamine hypothesis’ and ‘neural correlates’ are separate topics. AQA have decided that they are and should be taught separately. We have now amended the text for the one relevant spread in the Complete Companion (Dog book) […]

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Introducing mental disorders: phobias, depression and OCD

In this post I’m going to look at ideas for introducing mental disorders. The AQA specification states students need to know and understand behavioural, emotional and cognitive characteristics of phobias, depression and OCD before considering each of the named disorders from a specific perspective: behavioural approach (phobias explanation and treatment), cognitive approach (depression explanation and treatment) […]

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Caregiver-infant interactions

These activities concentrate on knowledge and understanding of research into caregiver-infant interactions. Starter: Non-verbal communication skills. Students sit in pairs facing each other. Seating is important here: one student (student A) needs to be sitting with their back to the whiteboard while the other (student B) sits opposite them so they are able to see […]

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‘Learning mats’ for the approaches

The concept of ‘learning mats’ appears to be popular at the moment – I see lots of examples of these at various training/INSET sessions. If you are unfamiliar with ‘learning mats’, they are essentially laminated posters that sit on students’ desks that provide them with prompts to help them with their work (call them ‘learning […]

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