Presentation on theme: "Back to Basics. We need to regularly ask ourselves some fundamental questions that should return us to why we ever chose to work with children in the."— Presentation transcript:
We need to regularly ask ourselves some fundamental questions that should return us to why we ever chose to work with children in the first place!
Why do we educate children? What do we hope to achieve?
There are many different views about what education is about. Is it simply about making children literate and numerate as quickly as possible? What about computer literacy? Or emotional literacy? Or visual literacy? Is it about developing creativity? Is it about social and emotional well-being? Or good attitudes to learning? Perhaps a major factor to consider in evaluating research projects is the extent to which short-term gains in attainment may get in the way of long-term achievements.
But don’t we have to be a decent human being first?
I personally have one, and only one main aim…. To help shape, guide, encourage and develop whole human beings who: like themselves, like others and are liked by others.
What qualities are we looking for in a child and helping develop?
Put Practitioners back into their Proper Place! (Away from pointless paperwork and back towards precious little people!)
“ I have come to a frightening conclusion. I am the decisive element in the classroom. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher I possess tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal. In all situations it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and a child humanised or de-humanised”. Written by a teacher.
Do you realise just how important you are and what power you have?
What does a good adult look like? What qualities are necessary?
Here is a clue! Think back to your favourite teacher, member of staff at a nursery, childminder or someone who you work with now and greatly admire. What were they like and what made them memorable?
Passionate humorous slightly eccentric unique expressive and animated spontaneous sometimes lived and loved their subject understood me made me feel valued consistent and fair constructive and praised regularly organised had control found time checked you understood lessons were original,never the same
When the subject to be taught interests you, the delivery will naturally be better presented!
…and by the way if you can’t act, you can’t teach well!!
This doesn’t mean you have to be a raving lunatic! (But being slightly mad helps!) Also, yes you do have to be well prepared and planned, aware of classroom organisation, able to create a rich environment, effective at discipline and…. But….
An effective adult: Spots the small as well as big things and is good at seeing the things that matter. Is aware of all the children, especially those that are easily unnoticed. Watches, listens, stores and then recalls when it is important to remember. Knows when to wait and when to act and when to revisit. They know the journey is often a long one and realise there are few ‘quick fixes’ and that they are there for the duration. Realised it is a joy and privilege to be with children!
Can you be an effective teacher with an untidy classroom?
What is the difference between untidy and disorganised?
Does it really matter if: My desk is tidy? The paint brushes are clean? Children’s work is double mounted? The children’s own storage trays are tidy? The books in the class library are displayed the right way up?
If I could change the way we teach children I would…
70% of the curriculum is linguistic and mathematical.
Children need to acquire important skills to aid them in life. Some knowledge is important. Facts can be fun in themselves and can help to ignite interest and passions. The curriculum needs to have depth to ensure children are exposed to all areas of learning and then discover talents. Children may wish to specialise in a subject as interests grow.
You must try to love most those that are hardest to love.
And remember, every child is precious, every child is different and unique, every child brings different challenges, every child has special needs at some time in their school life, every child deserves equal time and attention and every child deserves your equal affection.
“I am not a teacher, I am an awakener”. Robert Frost