Hints and tips - 6 minute read
Lucy Carey, Subject Advisor
The current situation is a challenging one for teachers and students, with both having to instantly adapt to new ways of learning, and we’re committed to supporting you.
We’re also updating our student-focused pages to point out our useful subject-specific resources for both students and teachers. These include past papers, teaching resources, support on wellbeing and explaining help that students and parents can access.
Cambridge Assessment International Education (Cambridge International) has a new section on its website all about teaching and learning when schools are closed.
Some of their advice is specific to Cambridge International, but the majority is applicable to any subject, and any exam board. They have written resources and webinars too and will be adding more webinars soon.
If you’ve not looked at the planning and teaching page on our A Level qualification web page in a while, it’s worth a visit. The most useful sections are below.
We’re also in the process of making our CPD materials from courses that ran this academic year available to you online. These include the presentation and any additional exemplars or activities provided in the sessions.
Many of these materials can be found on the pages of our CPD site under the Past events tab. The exam feedback for 2019 CPD materials are available on Interchange.
These year groups will not sit exams this year. However, you can still support the Year 11 and Year 13 group, the students who may potentially go on to study A Level Sociology or to University for Sociology.
You can start sharing your transition activities that you might have set to do over the summer holidays. Great transition activities are listening, Ted talks (possible themes such as Crime or Education). Many people are also watching and discussing the film Tiger King available on Netflix.
Sociology helps us make sense of what is happening to us in the here and now and to think about it carefully and objectively.
Perhaps there is no better way to direct the sociological imagination right now than to think about pandemics and COVID-19? What do you think? The British Sociological Association (BSA) is gathering articles to be published online in Discover Sociology – this will not be behind a paywall. See the update from the President of the BSA.
There are some other useful resources from a variety of online sources:
The British Sociology Association has its Discover Sociology section for students, teachers and parents, and the Sociology Teacher magazine archive is full of articles to read and share. And the State of the Art free teacher conference pack has plenty of articles and summaries of new Contemporary research for you and your students to read.
You will likely have your own departmental lists for this activity, it might be worth revisiting these. There is a range of books worth adding to your list (if they’re not on the already), such as:
My children are sometimes overwhelmed with so much reading they must do when learning independently, so listening to a good podcast is often just as beneficial. We have one, as a starter on our website focused on Globalisation. Of course, there are many more, like Analysis, Thinking Allowed, Understanding Society and Transforming Society.
Oxplore is an innovative digital outreach portal from the University of Oxford. As the ‘Home of Big Questions’ it aims to engage those from 11 to 18 years with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom.
Future learn has many free courses that link to the specification topics, such as criminology related themes. This course will be running soon linking to OpenLearn with the Open University, who is also doing free courses too.
MyHEplus - Thinking about applying to university to do sociology and looking for ways to explore your subject beyond the curriculum? The main subject pages of their website give you a quick guide to what it would be like to study the subject at university level and suggest some further resources to check out. The topics provide guided activities, questions to think about and suggestions for further reading.
Sociology Central has a full range of resources and revision exercises for you and your students to download and adapt.
The Hectic Teacher - whilst this is primarily aimed at the AQA specification, there are loads of ideas and resources that can be adapted for our specification, for example, research methods and theory.
Have I missed any resources you think might be useful for teachers and students? Let us know in the comments below.
If you have any queries or questions, you can email us at Sociology@ocr.org.uk call us on 01223 553998 or Tweet us @OCR_Sociology. You can also sign up to receive subject updates about resources and support.
If you have not been in touch with me as before, I previously wrote a blog about how Subject Advisors can support you and your teaching.
Lucy Carey - Subject Advisor
Lucy joined OCR in September 2017 as the Subject Advisor for Sociology and Psychology. Before joining OCR she worked as a teacher as the head of Sociology and Psychology departments in Peterborough, Yorkshire and Cambridge. In her spare time, she enjoys scuba diving and travel.