Category Archives: Teaching excellence

When children have agency in their play

“When children have agency in their play, they learn to have agency in their lives.” ~ Cas Holman Just reading a particularly interesting article, ‘The Case For Letting Kids Design Their Own Play’ – by Cas Holman  http://www.fastcodesign.com/3048508/the-case-for-letting-kids-design-their-own-play She writes: … Continue reading

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Managing classroom discussions

http://sciencelearn.org.nz/Contexts/Fighting-Infection/Teaching-and-Learning-Approaches/Managing-classroom-discussions

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Observation

Another one of those old, but worth-keeping books is Pat Penrose’s Take Another Look Tirohia Ano. Some of the pedagogical theory seems outdated, but there is a section on Observation in it that makes it worth a second look. Penrose begins … Continue reading

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Timing teaching

“Early childhood education, like all education, is a deliberate intervention in the lives of young children. It results from a belief that children growing up naturally might not come to know all the things we want them to know.” ~ … Continue reading

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On teaching a grove of trees

“Teachers who prefer that their students sit still and be quiet are perhaps more interested in teaching a grove of trees than a classroom of students.” ~ Robert Sylwester Ref: p.32 (emphases in blue bold mine) Robert Sylwester (2013) A Child’s … Continue reading

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Kaitiaki Collective – democratic schooling in NZ

Fantastic to hear! http://kaitiakicollective.weebly.com/ “Kia ora!  Join us in creating a democratic school in Auckland, based in part on the Sudbury Valley School model, and rooted in indigenous Maori wisdom.”

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the Teacher-led Innovation Fund

http://www.edgazette.govt.nz/Articles/Article.aspx?ArticleId=9022 good to know… (for more details:) http://www.education.govt.nz/ministry-of-education/specific-initiatives/investing-in-educational-success/

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why do we assess students at school?

I’m already sold on Peter Gray’s argument for free play as an educational need of children (and adolescents). However, consider some of these points: “About thirty years ago, a team of research psychologists headed by James Michaels at Virginia Polytechnic and … Continue reading

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Education and hunter-gatherer children

“Education, by my definition, is cultural transmission. It is the set of processes by which each new generation of human beings, in any social group, acquires and builds upon the skills, knowledge, lore, and values – that is, the culture … Continue reading

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Peter Gray on free play vs resume building in childhood

Peter Gray writes: “Children are designed, by nature, to play and explore on their own, independently of adults. They need freedom in order to develop; without it they suffer. The drive to play freely is a basic, biological drive. Lack … Continue reading

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