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Learning v Compliance

October 15, 2011 Leave a comment

In RE Y5 are focusing on sacred texts. This week we had a discussion about what we would put into a book that we would use to guide us through our lives.

As well as words of wisdom from people that they respected, the children suggested they would includes accounts of important events in their lives or their family histories, things they’d already learned from, quotes from books, films and tv that inspired them.

They also said they’d include sing lyrics. I thought they’d suggest some of the songs we find particularly inspiring at school, such as Lin Marsh’s Believe and Howard Goodall’s Refuge (both from Youth Music’s Singbook and available on the Sing Up site), but their suggestions were much more wide ranging and included Jesse J’s Price Tag and Chemical Brothers’ Welcome to the Black Parade.

I’m not convinced my third year junior class way back in the 80s would have had that depth of thinking. I’d like to think the current emphasis on developing thinking learners rather than compliant pupils is having a positive effect that those responsible for education policy in the government couldn’t begin to comprehend.

Or maybe they do understand it all too well and it is exactly this independence of thought that they are trying to stifle…

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What’s your sentence?

December 30, 2010 Leave a comment

I read Lesley Cameron’s post Risk Taking Does Not Fit With Perfection on George Couros’ The Principal of Change blog today.

There was a lot in the article that interested me, but particularly the idea of ‘What’s Your Sentence’ from Daniel Pink’s Drive – that George Curos shared with his staff in this video:

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Obstacles to learning

December 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Today I’ve been wondering about what’s happened to my teaching recently.  I was really excited about having two days a week in one class, rather than bits and pieces across the school.  And yes, I was nervous that I would be teaching Y3 rather than my comfort zone of Y5/6.  However, I WAS excited; I was looking forward to being able to focus on being in a classroom with a set of children.

I am naturally a risk-taker in my approach to learning and teaching.  I enjoy the focus on learning and what children need.  But you wouldn’t know that if you’d visited my classroom over the past few months. Read more…