What is Relay Racing?
Relay Racing is a new learning technique, which our school is using that enables students to successfully learn in a different way. I currently use it in GCSE PE. Instead of listening to a lecture and having to remember all the information being given, teachers create a distinctive learning strategy to ensure we achieve the potential grades we need to achieve. This technique helps the students remember the majority of the information because they have to work strenuously to find the information within the resources they are given. Therefore, they cannot take the easy alternative of asking for the teacher’s knowledge; they have to take responsibility for their own learning. Also, the students have to decide which resource they would like to use - which determines if they will get the correct information - improving the skill of decision making for future references.
How do you do Relay Racing?
To triumphantly complete Relay Racing each group have at least two people so one individual at a time searches for the information they need, like athletes do in a relay race. The teacher will give the class a specific topic for the class to study (meaning that the students will understand what they are looking for). Only one person is allowed to be at the resources finding the information for a set amount of time, after the time pairs have to discuss and write down what they have just discovered. This sequence repeats until one group wins the race by possessing all the correct answers.
This learning technique draws out the competitive side of everyone resulting in students wanting to be in class and learning in an unusual way, therefore making classes more interesting as a whole.
By Bethany Hart