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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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Sudbury Valley School – Peter Gray on why this alternative to schools works

Peter Gray’s Free to Learn discusses an alternative approach to schooling, as it is exemplified by the Sudbury Valley School (http://www.sudval.org/). I wish we had schools like this here in New Zealand! “Sudbury Valley is a private day school located … Continue reading

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The academic as authority figure

Sheila Trahar makes some interesting comments on the social and cultural responsibilities attached to teaching students who perceive the academic as an authority figure. She writes: “A critical pedagogic approach seeks to dismantle the hierarchy that creates a power differential … Continue reading

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Stories are instruments for orienting human emotions to their contents

Again and still reading Kieran Egan’s Imaginative Approach. On the topic of story, he writes: “No one can program a computer to recognize a story as distinct from other narratives. The instrument for detecting stories is human emotion. So the … Continue reading

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How can the classroom provide a sensible world

Vivian Gussin Paley states: “I must always assume, with any child, that school is  the source of whatever problems exist in school before looking elsewhere. But what if I am aware of unusual or unhappy home conditions? Especially so then, for … Continue reading

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How children are able to teach one another

“Children are able to teach one another best if they are permitted to interact socially and playfully throughout the day.” ~ Vivian Gussin Paley Ref: p.136 Vivian Gussin Paley (1990) The Boy who Would be a Helicopter: the uses of storytelling … Continue reading

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We cannot uncover every thought that influences a child

“We cannot uncover every thought that influences a child. Nor is it necessary. The connections between one event and another will be made in the process of living, at home and at school. In both places the adult who listens … Continue reading

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…each student begins to learn

“Those of us who presume to ‘teach’ must not imagine that we know how each student begins to learn.” ~ Vivian Gussin Paley Ref: p.78 Vivian Gussin Paley (1990) The Boy who Would be a Helicopter: the uses of storytelling in the … Continue reading

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disruptive behaviour

I liked how Vivian Gussin Paley explains her lack of response to a child being disruptive. She tells her colleagues “…for me, Jason’s behavior in the story room was annoying but in no way harmful. Had I moved in with force … Continue reading

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