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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 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?
Super Seven Confident! Caring! Curious! Communicative! Character! Contented! Conditioned!
Others it seems have a different agenda…. Capable! Challenged! Curriculum driven! Competitive! Career focused! Credentials!
All too often… Cautious! Centred on self! Chased! Checked! Circuit trained! Cosseted! Coached! Coasting! Can’t coexist! Complex! Controlled! Controlling!
What is the point of being outstanding at mathematics, if you are unhappy, unpopular and find it difficult to socialize?
What is the point of being able to play the piano brilliantly, if you don’t like yourself much and others don’t like you much either?
……and it takes time!
Do not tick the box if you have not really made an impact!
Throughout each day, at some point in every lesson and across all subjects, we should be asking ourselves: “What contribution am I making to these children’s personal development?”
We therefore have to put personal development at the top of our list of goals and recognise that we must address social and emotional issues first and throughout a child’s education and beyond it.
Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have!
The most important goal of education is to nurture a man (and woman!) to become a better human-being. Plato (and woman!!)
You can teach a child a lesson in a day, but if you can teach curiosity, they will continue learning as long as they live! P.Bedford Clay
Are we doing that?
What is the most valuable resource or item of equipment in and setting?
You!!!!!! (and other adults!)
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
They had ‘Presence’!
Have you got what it takes? Are you ‘In tune’?
Do you know what makes them tick?
At the end of the day, your planning may be meticulous, your classroom highly stimulating and activities well matched and exciting….
….but, if as a practitioner you do not have both the personality and nature which gives you the ability to understand and connect with children, then you will never be an effective teacher.
But what about your WOW FACTOR?
I’m looking for practitioners who can seize an opportunity and ignite curiosity!
It is not so much what you deliver, as the way you deliver it!
I am worried that we are beginning to forget how to teach and engage!
The danger of death by smart-board!
I want to see the practitioner’s face as much as possible not the back of their heads!
Fossil Fun! I think my fossil is a:_______ It is:_______ long. It is:_______ wide. It weighs:_______. I can see these colours in it:____________________
Draw your fossil: ________________ Stick your rubbing here:
Fun and rigour are compatible!
Enthusiasm and passion do not blur clear objectives and outcomes!
Excitement does not and should not mean loss of control!
Spontaneity can be the best way to engage!
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….
Let’s resurrect passionate performance!
So go on …surprise me!
Remember children learn largely by imitation!
You are being watched!
The power of the face!
The mirror effect!
Remember, the moment they arrive in the morning is the most important time of the day!!
Some of the most effective engagement with the children is achieved without saying a word!!!
A look or gesture, can lift or deflate a child for a day, a week, or even longer!!!
Are you really listening to me?
Is ‘Show and tell’ more like ‘Flash and finish’!
How many times have we missed a child’s life- changing moment?
But if at least we can say honestly that we did as often as we could, put the children first and genuinely found time to listen to them with interest, then we can hold our heads high!!!
Just listen to the way you are talking!
How would you like your child to be talked about?
Our face and words should say it all and be enough!
Acknowledge achievement, but do not always feel you have to reward it!
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!
So does your classroom environment matter?
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.
If I could change what we teach I would…
But what about memories?
We should find time to make education positively memorable. All of us should look back at school and have minds full of happy memorable moments not worthless facts!
What memories do you have of school days?
Don’t let planning stifle creativity!
I beg you to sometimes be spontaneous!
Follow the butterfly… Roll in the snow(sand!)… Splash in the puddle!( When one arrives!)… Dash out to see the diggers…
The wonderful work sheet!
Learning arises out of interest or enthusiasm, sensory experience and physical action!
Takes a moment… …lasts a life-time!
Children are like a bag of allsorts!
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
Be different! Make a difference!
Take life seriously only when you have to.
“Live beyond the ordinary, search for the unexpected, prepare to deal with risk, maximise the experience, savour the surprise”. Neil Griffiths
The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see. Alexandra K. Trenfor