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I love my city. I love it. We moved here five years ago when I married a Bradfordian. The city has sometimes had a bad rep. Many people associate it with the race riots of 2001 not realising how far the city has come in the decade that followed. Positive Bradford day was an amazing example of this. Two business men put it together along with this amazing website and this one which I've ruthlessly stolen from to create tomorrow's lesson.
Throw in a good, solid dollop of some new design skills based on the generous sharing of the English Raven's time and skills, and I have some resources that I'm pretty darn proud of. (Feels slightly wrong to put my name down as the designer since the content comes from Positive Bradford and the design ideas are pinched in their entirety from this tutorial.) I'm seriously excited about this new Masterclass series that Jason is doing and had a lot of fun with the materials below. I realise that unless you teach in Bradford they are unusable but I'm sharing them anyway as I feel pretty chuffed.
Read something recently about a new wave of tech that is coming allowing us to design and create physical objects. Sounds very sci-fi - wish I could find the article because it had a great quote about how people prefer something average they created themselves over something incredible someone else made. That's how I feel about these materials.
The basic lesson plan is as follows:
1) Learners write down the first five words that come into their head when I say Bradford - positive or negative.
2) Discuss those words with a partner - opportunity for emergent moments ;-p
3) Look at the Positive Bradford homepage and discuss what they think about those five words
4) Read the sentences about Bradford's history and future and tick the box if there is anything that is new for them.
5) Share any new information with their partner and the class
6) Group discussion on our perceptions of Bradford and the power of positivity.
7) In groups they read one of the top ten facts about the city and create a true/false quiz for the other group to complete
8) Create a poster/presentation on the city and how they feel about it.
That's about it. I'll let you know how it goes! Thanks again to Jason Renshaw I can't wait to see what tips he has in his second video! ;-p