The aim of this project is to get teachers thinking about how they teach and what happens in their classroom. I would like to encourage teacher exploration, research and reflection by experimenting with unplugged teaching. I hope this will lead to teachers researching other methods and approaches, allowing them to leave the course book at the class room door and push themselves and their students into new areas to improve themselves and make them better teachers and learners.
This project is not a back lash against course books, course book writers or the publishing companies. The point is to raise awareness in teachers of alternative ways of teaching and in this particular case, teaching unplugged.
The premise is quite simple. Teachers commit to teaching unplugged with a class for at least two lessons and then submit their thoughts and reflections, before, during and after the experience. The thoughts of the students and feedback from them is equally as important and can be collected formally or informally, the choice is the teachers.
All of the experiences will be documented and posted here on the blog for all to see and comment on. Teachers can remain anonymous if they wish or write about their personal teaching situation and include personal details (name, twitter account, blog address etc)
The other service of the blog is to act as a support to teachers who are unsure of what Dogme/Unplugged teaching is. Experienced teachers from around the world have contributed posts, advice and lesson ideas to help point other teachers in the right direction. You will also be able to find out who these contributors are by visiting the contributors page, where you will find links to their blogs and other helpful links.
I can’t guarantee that the experiment will work for everyone. It might be the best thing to ever happen to your teaching, it might simply make a nice change, it could become a regular thing in your teaching or it may be a disappointment. The whole idea is simply to try. Take a leap of faith.