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Can I borrow some stairs to go and stand at the foot of?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by blazer, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Last edited: Dec 5, 2018
    damia69, stonerose, bevdex and 3 others like this.
  2. binaryhex

    binaryhex Lead commenter

    I'm beginning to like this new OFSOD chief.

    I keep saying the same thing, but teaching ain't actually all that difficult. What makes it a pain in the Arze are the constant idiotic ideas dreamed up by marketing departments chasing profit and university research departments chasing grants, who then persuade Governments that their idea is the saviour. Brain Gym must be the worst example, but learning styles, pupil voice, learning walks etc etc are all as dumb as each other.

    First and foremost, make sure kids behave and have clear, uncompromising, simple rules for them, chav parents and The Sun to follow. Without order in schools, f all happens.

    Then get the syllabus, make a plan to teach all topics, teach the first one, test students and move to the next topic. Support students as necessary but ultimately, students and their parents must be responsible for their own learning, not teachers.

    It really isn't that hard. Schools are so ******* screwed up and disfunctional these days because they have become too complex and muddled. They have completely lost their way.
  3. Alice K

    Alice K Occasional commenter

    At last, some common sense has prevailed! Great post.
    Curriculum too crowded,far too many interruptions, gimmicks galore plus pressure on teachers to adhere to the latest fad. Don't even start me on 'pupil voice' !
  4. thekillers1

    thekillers1 Lead commenter

    Engagement, challenge and progress - those are the three pointers towards decent learning.
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  5. Grandsire

    Grandsire Star commenter

    D’you know, I’ve been moaning about this for years. There’s a greasy-pole-climber where I work who has always made it clear they could find the magic key (a quick nod to Biff and Chip there) to teaching if they simply looked hard enough - talking to them feels like the Oxford Reading Tree sometimes. “The magic key began to glow...”

    They've trawled the internet for schemes, interventions and strategies which will provide the answer, and now know that if they can only make the rest of us do what they say, all our difficulties educating these children will be over. Thankfully, they entered the profession too late to inflict BrainGym upon us, but trust me, we’ve seen every other Band Wagon and Brand of Snake Oil since then.

    What they haven’t tried, surprisingly, is simply getting on with teaching. In fact, they’ve been so successful that now they don’t even have to teach full-time for full pay. I wish I’d thought of that.

    It all makes me feel like a bit of a plodder, actually being the one doing the work all these decades, instead of getting out and telling everyone else how to do it. My strategy for teaching is simpler, but demands more of me. Like TheKillers, my list consists of enthusiasm, knowledge, engagement, and challenge.
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  6. thekillers1

    thekillers1 Lead commenter

    Me too!
    bevdex, agathamorse, nomad and 2 others like this.
  7. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    My favourite this week is Ready To Learn as espoused in the BBC series 'School'.
    It took about 2 minutes for it to develop into a sanction.
  8. bessiesmith

    bessiesmith Occasional commenter

    One of the main roots of the problem is the assumption that teachers are not professionals, and don't know much about teaching and learning. Therefore, we need an army of consultants and SLT to come up with magic keys to help us all 'unlock' the potential in our classrooms. I particularly like it when non-subject specialists (I teach music) come and watch my lessons and suggest all sorts of 'improvements' which would work really well in a classroom where all the children were sitting behind desks, in rows, in silence, with an exercise book.......
  9. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Lead commenter

    Seems to me that many heads have lost faith that teachers can succeed by using their own initiative and intuition, so they find systems that require fixed methodologies that can be observed and measured against a standard. What I find bizarre is the DFE standing back from making decisions about which products from private sources might be useful and maybe even distributing them free of charge rather that burdening schools with a decision and bearing the cost if it fails.
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  10. Marshall

    Marshall Star commenter

    Could have told her that many years ago! What else? Perhaps the whole OFSTED regime should be looked at?!?
  11. gainly

    gainly Lead commenter

    Can I borrow some stairs to go and stand at the foot of?

    Do you live in a bungalow?
  12. thekillers1

    thekillers1 Lead commenter

    The CEO who was recorded from this documentary - in my opinion - originally suggested that teachers from the trust were potentially at fault with managing behaviour, until realising the schools needed to improve its systems. I wondered if any teachers were given the push before this actual realisation...?

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