Coulbeck - Winnie-the-Pooh and the EPQ (teachmeet abstract)
Winnie-the-Pooh and the EPQSarah Coulbeck, The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL),firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a level 3 qualification that was offered toA-Level students at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) for the first time in thesummer term of 2012. Recognising this as an opportunity to deliver meaningfulinformation literacy training to students, the library team worked closely with the EPQcoordinator from the outset and developed an information literacy programme to beundertaken by all EPQ students over the course of one full day in the library. Thisprogramme included an introduction to library catalogues and online resources,detailed instructions of how to reference correctly and produce accuratebibliographies, and different note-taking techniques.The final session of the day was about the importance of students becomingreflective learners in order to evaluate their own performance. This was a newexperience to all of the students, therefore the concept was introduced using the‘What, So What, Now What’ model, with the help of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too.For example, if Tigger were being reflective:What – “I took a large mouthful of honey.”So What – “It was the first time I’d tried honey and I didn’t like it.”Now What – “I have learnt that I don’t like honey and I won’t try it again. Furthermore,next time I try a new food, I won’t take such a large mouthful.”The students were then given the opportunity to reflect on their day using a numberof activities to encourage creative and reflective thought. For example: the studentswere given a few minutes to play with Play-Doh, as there is a belief that stimulatingthe fingertips encourages brain activity, which in turn encourages the student to thinkdifferently. Another activity was to eat different flavoured raisins as they reflected ontheir day, as trying a new food could help with thinking in a new way.These creative and active approaches to teaching reflection enabled the students tounderstand and use reflection in the session. Furthermore, the creativity and deliveryof the session also made the lesson memorable, so that the students would feelconfident in reflecting throughout their extended projects and beyond.This Teachmeet presentation will provide full details of the lesson plan, includingWinnie the Pooh’s involvement, and a chance to sample some raisins to aidreflection.