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Apples and ideas

QI’s quote of the day, and a neat argument for cooperative learning and blogging…
“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (1856-1950)


October 8, 2010 at 11:20 pm Leave a comment

Careful what you wish for

On my last placement I found myself getting stressed when it took ‘too long’ to get the children’s attention. On reflection I realised I wanted an attentive hush to descend immediately when I used one of the agreed signals, but this is not how people behave. One of our lecturers pointed out how frustrating it can be for people engaged in group work to be stopped by the teacher, and at the very least it’s respectful to give a short warning – he suggested something like, “Can I have you back in 5-4-3-2-1”.

Watching adults as learners, we do many of the things we find frustrating in pupils: in uni there are countless instances of talking when the teacher is talking, skipping lectures, doodling and fiddling with objects, going off topic in group work, not listening to instructions…

I think there might be a tricky balance to find here: I’ve no doubt I need to work on my skills in maintaining learning behaviour, and I don’t intend to do that by lowering my expectations of what pupils can achieve. However, I’m resolving to monitor my expectations more carefully from now on – I think time pressure and other stressors can lead me to having unreasonable expectations, which lead to more stress! In future, I’m going to check more carefully: what’s my issue, what’s their issue, and what’s outwith all of our control.

March 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

Idea for an ongoing class story

This is inspired by the Big Issue article I blogged about here.

“I’m going to tell you a story about a group of wonderful people. When I say they’re wonderful, I don’t just mean they’re special, although they are each precious and unique like a diamond. I don’t just mean they’re capable of great things, although they are, each and every one. I don’t just mean they’re magical, though their magic is wonderful. They’re wonderful because they are full of wonder. They are curious, and interested, and learn all day every day in every way they can. Shall I tell you their names? [get out aged-looking scroll and read class names]

Today they are… lots of opportunities for magical and real settings, could relate to current project.

Today they met… dragons, whatever

Today they found… magical objects, gained magical powers…

Tell at end of day, perhaps end of week. Possibly best not to mix magic with real events especially with younger children and those with language difficulties as it could cause confusion. Perhaps best to set and keep in fantasy world. Always positive about all the children, no matter their behaviour through the rest of the day! It could be particularly good for helping to integrate new members of the class and those who are more isolated.

February 22, 2008 at 7:21 pm Leave a comment


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