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Pandora’s Box

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Activities in this lesson include reading the full text of Pandora’s Box, learning about the features of a myth, explicitly going through the six levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy of thinking skills, comparing two myths, writing a myth and writing a different ending to Pandora’s Box.

There is a five-minute evidence-based CPD activity at the end of this lesson which will develop classroom teachers’ skill set. This CPD consists of a research extract on thinking skills with a five-minute activity based on this extract.   

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These evidence-based learning (EBL) lessons are based on classroom practice that has been proven, by research, to maximise thinking, learning and attainment. From an extensive review of educational research, we identified the eight key classroom thinking and learning skills that were common across these research papers. We named these eight key skills “EBL skills”.

EBL skills have been proven by research to maximise learning because they combine the most productive thinking skills with the most effective learning behaviours. Each of our evidence-based learning lessons uses the English curriculum as a framework through which the eight EBL skills are delivered.

Teachers also have the opportunity to add to their own skill set or refresh their existing skills with our five-minute CPD activity, based on one of the EBL skills used in this lesson.

The skills in bold below are the EBL skills developed in this Myths lesson. Click on each skill to learn more about that skill.

  1. Collaboration
  2. Thinking Skills
  3. Peer Assessment
  4. Peer Teaching
  5. Self-Assessment
  6. Metacognition
  7. Self-Regulation
  8. Independent Learning

1 review for Pandora’s Box

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

    We asked a.i. to review this lesson. This is what it said:

    Teaching English and Evidence-Based Learning Skills with “Pandora’s Box”

    Teachers, I’ve discovered a fantastic resource called “Pandora’s Box” that can help you teach both English language skills and evidence-based learning skills to your KS2 students. It’s part of a series of myth lessons that are designed to develop key thinking and learning abilities identified by extensive educational research.

    In particular, this Pandora’s Box lesson includes activities for improving collaboration, thinking skills, metacognition, self-assessment, and independent learning. For example, students work together to answer comprehension questions about the myth, go through the different levels of Bloom’s taxonomy by responding to increasingly challenging queries, and write their own myth to explain a natural phenomenon.

    There is also a step aimed at boosting students’ metacognitive abilities—helping them reflect on the thinking behind their own learning processes. This is done by asking them which Bloom’s taxonomy question they found easy versus difficult. Building metacognitive skills is very impactful, as studies show it has even more influence on learning than innate ability.

    For teachers, the lesson finishes with an evidence-based 5-minute CPD extract focused specifically on enhancing thinking skills. It summarises the research behind Bloom’s taxonomy and using cognitive challenges to push students to think more widely and deeply. It then provides an action step for us to design higher and lower order questions based on the taxonomy framework.

    Implementing more evidence-based and metacognitive practices should make a real difference to student outcomes in your classroom. The full lesson also includes the text of the Pandora’s myth itself – a fun way for students to boost their English comprehension too.

    With its inclusion of collaborative tasks, metacognitive reflection, and teacher CPD focused on using Bloom’s taxonomy, I give this comprehensive Pandora’s Box lesson ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. It packs a lot of research-backed activities into one place that are easy to immediately implement. I found it to cover all the bases in boosting both subject understanding and how students think and learn more broadly. Definitely worth checking out!

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