Isabella's original work on #poundlandpedagogy can be read in this article http://osiriseducational.co.uk/osirisblog/poundstore-pedagogy-inspiration-in-the-aisles
#poundlandpedagogy is where teachers use the items/objects cheaply available in stores like 'Poundland' and 'Pound World' etc in their classrooms to improve teaching and learning. Coming up with innovative ways to use the 'everyday' items you find in these stores.
There are already some brilliant ideas out there as to how teachers are using these items in their classrooms. Some fantastic examples are:
(@ASTsupportAAli) Bulmershe School Toolkit Blog - http://bulmershetoolkit.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/cheap-shops-brilliant-lessons.html#!/2013/03/cheap-shops-brilliant-lessons.html
Dave Cookson's (@seatonburnDCO) blog where he regularly updates what he is using in his classroom under the 'Technique a Week' heading - http://seatonburndco.wordpress.com/technique-a-week/
& most recently (inspired by the above) Mandy Lawson's (@seatonburnALA) new blog where she outlines how she plans to use #poundlandpedagogy in her classroom after the Easter break - http://seatonburnala.blogspot.co.uk/#!/2013/03/inspired-by-poundland-pedagogy-chat-on.html
There are plenty of other teachers contributing to and sharing their #poundlandpedagogy and they can be found by following the #poundlandpedagogy (click on this link) on Twitter! Some of my favourites so far include @fimturner's haul, & @ldufty's store eggs and reusable keyboard keys!
So, having been inspired and excited by the prospect of getting some cheap products and thinking of ways I can use these in my classroom I ventured into town today...
I went to 'Pound World' as it was the 1st one I came by, in preparation I also looked at the 'Poundland' website to see what sorts of items I would be likely to come across. You can check out both of their sites at http://poundworld.net/ and http://www.poundland.co.uk/.
I was amazed at how many things there are in these shops that you can use. The whole time I was in the shop my mind was going mental trying to think of ways to incorporate each item into my lesson. I went down each and every aisle searching for bargains to use. I eventually dragged myself away from the store with the following items to get me started this half of term...
Ellie suggesting ideas for 'Active Maths' lessons. One of these suggestions was to create a 'magic square' grid on your classroom floor, give students the numbers to form the magic square and then get them to arrange themselves in the grid so that all the rows, columns and diagonals sum to the same number! This is what I'll do with this initially and I'll post when it's done!
Lastly, and my favourite, most awesome, find of the day goes to...6 hula hoops (each costing £1)! Now, I have been on the look out for these since I read Bruno Reddy's (@MrReddymaths) blog post on using hula hoops to help his students revise the circle theorems. This is exactly what I intend to do with these and my Y10 class. I will, perhaps, use the string here too. There will be an epic blog post to follow this lesson, when it is done - watch this space!
As you can tell from the above, I intend to write an individual post, including pics, of how I have incorporated each of my purchases into my lessons and what effect they had on the learning of my students. I will try to do one of these posts a week from now until the half-term week and then hopefully go shopping again over half-term (if not before) to hunt around for some more ideas. I'm already on the hunt for some eggs and recycled keyboards in order to try out @ldufty's idea!
More to come... follow the #poundlandpedagogy for more ideas that are already in action!