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Teaching activity

The Year 13 Festive Play-Doh Diagram Challenge

Geoff Riley

8th December 2022

I'll be forever grateful to Ben White for his brilliant idea of using Play-Doh to encourage students to make real the diagrams they seem to draw endlessly in Year 13 micro and macro lessons! This seems to work a treat every time as a long term draws to a close!

The idea is simple - get a box of Play-Doh of different colours and flat surfaces (perhaps even mini whiteboards) and then challenge the students from memory to produce their favourite diagram. Working in pairs is effective too. The more accurate and developed the diagram the better. 15-20 minutes is usually enough and the final display and peer group marking comes at the end. Students have to identify what each chart is showing. Most want to take a photo - some take them home!

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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