Monthly Archives: February 2014

What Are Educators Missing?

I grew up in a time where the rows of classroom seats were perfectly aligned. The step platform elevated me to a dusty blackboard. The sun drenched classroom windows were exposed to the elements. The teacher stood out the front, usually on the elevated platform so as to get a clear view of the children in the far back row. I say far because there were usually around 36 – 40 students in the class split into rows of 3-4.

 

This classroom is familiar to many  teachers and for some this is still the method of teaching. Very much teacher centred. But before I throw this scenario  out the window, Continue reading

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Don’t Judge Their Learning If Their Margins Aren’t Straight

ImageMany, many years ago, when I was teaching a Year 6 class, we had what we called “School Appraisal”. It pretty much was an inspection of everything that was “school” in our school. The Principal, the staff, the policies, the classroom programs, the playground structures and the list goes on.

At the time, I was asked to submit three exercise books of students in my class to showcase learning to the Education Office inspectors. Continue reading

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