About This Resource Pack
Thank you for purchasing Imagine & Reflect Series 2
I hope you enjoy using this series of guided visualisations and find them helpful in facilitating learning in Personal Development and Character Education. As a teacher myself, I have tried and tested them in a range of different schools and found them to be powerful and effective. Sometimes I hear from teachers that they have reservations that pupils will not engage with them because it's 'not cool' to imagine & reflect. While I understand this, I would urge you to have a go anyway, because overwhelmingly feedback is positive. Teachers are often surprised that pupils do indeed engage and actually really enjoy them. Most importantly they report feeling calmer and 'more clear headed' which has impact upon the rest of the school day and aptitude for learning, as well as demonstrating a change of attitude and understanding.
The resource is non-subject specific and the units can be used to support learning in different subject areas, although the possible learning outcomes may hint at their use in PSHCE, Religious Education or Philosophy and Ethics. They could easily equally feature in a Science, Humanities or English lesson, to allow opportunities for deeper learning and creative response through active imagination. Each unit begins with a guided visualisation followed by reflection including questions to promote enquiry and a response activity to help with evidencing learning.
The lesson plan is formatted as a Word document so it can be easily customised to suit your cohort of students. The visualisation script is included within this lesson plan, should you want to adjust it slightly and read from the script yourself. However, an audio version of the original script is included for your convenience, should you prefer to use this time to observe and assess. Also included are follow up questions for reflection and suggested response activities.
Each lesson plan includes suggested learning outcomes, which can be edited and modified for differentiation (see SEN section below). The final slide of the presentation is left blank so that you can add your own or invite the pupils to self-assess.
The slideshow is a widescreen PDF that can be displayed on the classroom whiteboard. It is not necessary to use this however if you want to give the pupils a break from looking at the whiteboard. You may simply choose to load it on your laptop to prompt you through the lesson.
An MP3 audio recording is included with each visualisation. You can also use the Stilling audio before each visualisation if you choose. However, pupils quickly pick up the idea of Stilling, and are able to go into this quickly with a few verbal prompts. You may prefer to settle the class yourself once the routine has been established.
The response activities can be recorded either in Thought Journals, or in a topic book. You may want to use the Core Attitudes Pupil Tracker as a way of identifying attainment outcomes achieved. There is also a grid for tracking a sample group of pupils as a means of evaluating the effectiveness of the exercises.
Special Education Needs & Inclusion
This resource supports the Personal Development strand of Ofsted's new inspection framework. As this relates to self-awareness and emotional intelligence it merits a different approach to assessment. To make the content accessible to all, you may decide to change the wording. The exercise itself however, should be available to all as an inclusive whole class activity, differentiating by outcome given a range of responses, or an open response (as in Thought Journalling). Often pupils who generally struggle can say the most profound things, so it would be advisable to have an adult scribe words or phrases in quotations as evidence. More able students should be encouraged to elaborate on ideas to expand learning, 'I wonder…" being a generic opener for extension.
Jill Brennan 2019