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14. Module 2 continued.

3) The Take One Picture approach

Background: What is the Take One Picture approach? 

The Take One Picture approach is based on the National Gallery’s Take One Picture programme: 

It involves students leading the learning and undertaking a project or enquiry based on one original image.  

The Take One Picture approach has 4 stages: 

  1. Looking – this involves the students looking carefully at the image.  

A variety of approaches can be used to get them to do this including using thinking routines such as ‘I see, I think, I wonder’, getting them to leap into the picture and use their 5 senses to describe what they can see, hear, smell, taste and touch, getting their eyes to walk around the picture (top, bottom, left, right middle, corners, as far as the eye can see, foreground, background) or creating a map from memory. 

  1. Questioning – this can involve you asking the students questions and also the students coming up with their own questions about the image.

Below are some tips for asking your students questions about the image. 

Make sure your questions are: 
– Open ended
– Non-judgemental 

Always try to: 
– Move from the familiar to the unfamiliar.
– Build upon responses. 
– Make connections – which figures or words are important? 
– Get students to use their own memories or knowledge. 

Teaching Strategies for questioning: 
– Ask the students to vote on something, e.g. do they agree/disagree? 
– Ask the student to use their imaginations, e.g. what has just happened or is about to happen? 
– Allow the students to ask questions (the 5Ws can be useful for this).
– Introduce background information and see if that changes their viewpoint.   
– Use role play to explore feelings, emotions etc. at the time/before/after. 
– Ask different types of questions like challenging questions (e.g. What is the over-arching question or purpose of document or image? Does anyone disagree?  What might be a different opinion?) and extension questions (e.g. can you say a bit more? Why? How is it similar/different?) 

  1. Lines of Enquiry – this involves the students working with the teacher to use the image to come up with different ideas for topics or issues they could explore.
  1. Outcome – this involves the students working with the teacher to decide what the end product of the project will be (e.g. a letter, a play or performance, a stop motion animation, a model, a piece of poetry etc.)