Read an article by TES here
See what happened on the day below:
Could You Teach Naked?
Every September it seems like there’s a new whole school initiative hitting the fan. As the Headteacher takes the podium on that first inset day, you hold your breath, waiting to find out what new, quirky trend will permeate your staff meetings for the year ahead…
But what if your headteacher stood up and told you that this month is all about Naked Teaching?…
What is Naked Teaching?
It’s nothing dodgy, honest! It’s just imagining – for a day – what it would be like to have to teach stripped bare of any resources. In other words like the schools we support through WWEP in areas where resources are scarce or non-existent. It’s about liberating yourself from physical ‘necessities’ of the classroom, unshackling yourself from the whiteboard, releasing the learners from desks and freeing the learning space of worksheets, textbooks, whiteboards… – everything!
So ask yourself: what would you teach and how would you teach it if, like teachers in impoverished communities around the world, you had no resources to rely on?
What is #NakedTeachingDay?
Naked Teaching Day on Friday 30th September is an opportunity for schools across the UK to raise awareness of the plight of children who attend makeshift schools in slums, under bridges, under trees, in refugee camps… It’s a chance for teachers to stick the supplies back in the store cupboard, unleash their inventiveness and undress their lessons. You could even take the kids outside and lose the walls and the chairs too!
And remember, like most activities that include the word “naked”, someone has to be the first to take the plunge! So don’t dither shyly waiting to find out if your colleague down the corridor is going to take part – set the ball rolling yourself. Let your colleagues know that #NakedTeachingDay is coming. Build up the tension and create some anticipation in your school. Friday 30th September is the day to take some exciting risks and skip unfettered onto that cordoned-off section of the scholastic beach you’ve always wanted to try 😉
To kickstart your Naked Teaching escapades, try one of these 5-minute resource-free teaching strategies that can be adapted to teach just about anything: (But beware – as Naked Teaching goes, the following ideas are hardcore because they don’t even involve paper or pens.)
By joining in with Naked Teaching Day we’re hoping that your school can raise awareness and funds for the many impoverished children around the world that we are currently supporting. See here for how you can donate.
Have a look here to see how you can help the fabulous Lisa Jane Ashes use #NakedTeaching to raise funds to educate children in Ghana who have nothing.
Have a look here to learn a little about our project in the Calais Refugee Camp, and all our other projects here
So, are you brave enough to strip down, boldly join in with #NakedTeaching and #NakedTeachingDay and share your pics and ideas with the waiting world?
You have nothing to lose except your inhibitions!
Isabella Wallace – Trustee, World Wide Education Project