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and...so yet another curriculum review...zzzzz

Discussion in 'Primary' started by The Red Heron, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. The Red Heron

    The Red Heron New commenter

    Just been announced that Gove wants schools to go back to the 50s and curriclum with lots of facts...and less on teaching methods so I suppose the teaching goalposts will change again..
    One of the many reasons I could never be a HT or DHT endlessly flapping around trying to sell this initiative and that initiative...to bored and tired teschers
    In the last 10 years Ive seen the Lit and Num hours come and go, TASC/6 Thinking Hats, Jolly Phonics, PIPS, Thrass, P4C, endless stupid ICT projects, WALT/WILF... the list of cr.ap is endless...I seriously could never keep a straight face trying to push this rubbish only for it to go out 2 years later
    3 things matter in teaching, always have done always will do
    1, quality first teaching consistently (which centres on the teacher being an excellent communicator and orator)
    2, consistently high expectations of all around you
    3 excellent relationships with your class
    and thats it...


     
  2. The Red Heron

    The Red Heron New commenter

    Just been announced that Gove wants schools to go back to the 50s and curriclum with lots of facts...and less on teaching methods so I suppose the teaching goalposts will change again..
    One of the many reasons I could never be a HT or DHT endlessly flapping around trying to sell this initiative and that initiative...to bored and tired teschers
    In the last 10 years Ive seen the Lit and Num hours come and go, TASC/6 Thinking Hats, Jolly Phonics, PIPS, Thrass, P4C, endless stupid ICT projects, WALT/WILF... the list of cr.ap is endless...I seriously could never keep a straight face trying to push this rubbish only for it to go out 2 years later
    3 things matter in teaching, always have done always will do
    1, quality first teaching consistently (which centres on the teacher being an excellent communicator and orator)
    2, consistently high expectations of all around you
    3 excellent relationships with your class
    and thats it...


     
  3. Hello
    came on here to see if anyone knew anymore than what was on tv. We have had a few other initiatives and that's just in the last term. The two that I am amazed that I was duped by are ~VAK which I only found out last ~September was made up !
    Brain Gyms which again had no scientific basis - but we did them - d'oh
    love your 3 steps to good teaching.
    I'm really interested to know what will change - but really pleased as a science coord and specialist that science is highlighted - but will wait and see. Who knows where we can find out more info .... apart from the TES tomorrow?
     
  4. Yes agree... just adding my zzzzzzz's to those already here.

    I do my job well Gove-meister. Let me get on with it please.
     
  5. The Red Heron

    The Red Heron New commenter

    Thanks....I so strongly believe in the power of the spoken word and the inspiration that good oratory can bring..Ive seen so many dull and monotone teachers over the years (probably with perfect ticked all the boxes planning) that would bore me rigid after 5 minutes and yet these poor primary kids have to listen to them all day everyday and thats where the system also falls down...oh, I forgot brain gym and VAK but do remember saying years ago it was rubbish as common sense tells you you use all three most of the time anyway and so what if you have a preference, as an adult you get what you're given in adult learning

    I do have to say the general knowledge of teenagers is shocking so Gove has got a point, when you have 15 yr old kids who cant name 3 rivers in England or the colours on the flag of france its a worry..
     
  6. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    I spend half my life worrying that my year 6 class will leave not having a clue about basic general knowledge of the country they live in. However I cannot see how in the current curriculum I can possibly teach it. I sincerely hope a return to 'knowing stuff' will be a great thing. I'm certainly optimistic about a greater emphasis on learning and less on applying.
     
  7. The Red Heron

    The Red Heron New commenter

    The plusses for Y6s these days including the ones I teach, better at maths and english then I was

    The negatives however are poorer behaviour, short attention span, average listening, limited independence, poor problem solving skills and lack of general knowledge, so I dont see how anyone can say this curriculum is great at present
    Id give them a SAT General knowledge test if I could
     
  8. QFE

    QFE New commenter

    RH, a classic post. Wish I'd written it. Not a Gove fan, or a supporter of the Condems, but I do agree that the knowledge base for many yoofs is lacking - and we're not talking those at the poorer end of the accademic spectum either.
    Me to a college student: 'When do you think this piece (by Handel) was written?'
    Student: 1970
    20 yr old, intelligent work colleague of my wife in November: 'Why do people wear those red flowers?'
    It also beggars belief how many do not know alphabetical order. Some years ago I was firmly put in my place about this matter by the head, but I still drilled my class in this. Dictionaries anyone? No, they just look nice on the shelf, if they can't spell a word, you must give it to them. Don't get me started on the multiplication tables... an exciting starter where the teacher does all the work is much better than learning by rote.
     
  9. The Red Heron

    The Red Heron New commenter

    ha, the list is endless of utter stupidity, I dont have much faith that these 16 year old 10 straight A* airheads could tell you the capital of Spain or how World War 2 started...our society is generally thicker hence pub quizzes now getting obselete as Google is doing all the work for us
     
  10. zannar

    zannar New commenter

    I am always trying to increase the independence of my children and give them the challenge of dictionary work and multiplication table tests on a regular basis. The children love the challenge (especially with a bribe for an improvement in scores 3 weeks in a row) and like to be able to find a word in the dictionary, or for the less able on an alphabetically ordered word mat, without having to ask every 5 mins. I teach YR2/3 and am often told it is not a good idea. I carry on because of the independence it brings and the pride the children feel when they find they can do something without my help.
     

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