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Teaching styles imposed by academy schools could force teachers to strike

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Lead commenter

    Whilst not as good as those in my day.....

    They will need to remove the "Physics For You" text books from my cold dead hands.
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  2. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Lead commenter

    I received a couple of complaints recently.
    • too many worksheets (they are in the SoW and I am told I must use them)
    • too much board work
    • That I use PowerPoint too much (Thats a damn lie, I hate PP)
    • Too much use of textbooks.
    Now given the above, that I teach Physics and getting decent notes into their books is essential I am sort of at a loss on how to do it without getting complaints..

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  3. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    Now given the above, that I teach Physics and getting decent notes into their books is essential I am sort of at a loss on how to do it without getting complaint

    I'm not entirely convinced of the need to get notes in their books at all.
    Do they revise from their books or buy a revision guide from school, then leave it in a draw and revise online anyhow?

    Just wondering.
    I do think some use their own notes but mostly from the last term or so when they are a little more mature.
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  4. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Lead commenter

    Whilst I agree with you, I am absolutely certain that my SLT would not agree and I would be for the high jump it there were no notes in the books.

    As for using the, they can buy a revision guide, I think that that would just draw parental complaints re expense and it wouldn't be necessary if Ridley's teaching was better.

    You know the drill.
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  5. JaquesJaquesLiverot

    JaquesJaquesLiverot Established commenter

    I'm often disappointed by the unions' resistance to evidence-based practice, and this is just the latest example. They've really got it in for knowledge, despite the work of Hirsch, Willingham, etc., and now they seem to be denying the latest thinking that traditional teacher-led delivery of knowledge is more effective than discovery-based learning.

    Unions don't like knowledge, and OfSTED reports praise students for being knowledgeable but criticise teachers for delivering knowledge, yet everything you read about psychology and cognitive science tells you that knowledge is key, so what are we supposed to do?
  6. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    I thought academies and all the rest of the New Order of Edu-Bullies didn't like teacher-led; they were meant to walk around with ipads shoved up their er...brains? Oh the hypocrisy.
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  7. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Ironic, that!
  8. drek

    drek Lead commenter

    discovery based teaching was often misused in schools with a shortage of subject specialists because it allowed non subject specialists and unqualified staff to have ‘fun’ lessons minus any of the in depth knowledge bits.....the so called ‘boring’ bits. The bits they did not need to get top grades prior to the new curriculum.
    The bits that they often blamed the teacher for not making ‘exciting’ enough for the ‘learning’ to stick when they themselves were in school.
    They imposed their world view on other teachers with very little knowledge based research, (these days dodgy surveys count as educational research...then policy...then PM laws of the day) until lots of teacher led subject specialists (e.g. A level physics) were driven out of the profession not to mention that the students that came up after these sorts of lessons were not keen on the amount of theory and knowledge they had to get to grips with to get a C let alone any grade above that!
    As for expecting students to be doing any work independently....shock horror.....was the general reaction.
    If they want to see the same thing cloned in every lesson then they need to ensure that not a single teacher is over burdened in terms of how many students they each have to handle when it comes to special needs/behaviour/ability range issues.
    Comparing a teacher who teaches ‘good groups’ for 17 hours or less a week and another who has 23 hours of come what may groups and expecting both staff to have cloned evidence of book work and other ‘evidence’ is plain and utter rubbish and teachers have suffered enough under these meaningless policies.
    The teacher with 200 additional free hours a year uses this time in meetings with other ‘let’s do less teaching’ like minded souls to decide what ideas including teaching styles, marking policies etc to impose on the staff who will have gained more teaching experience just by teaching more hours!
    On what planet does that make sense to anyone?
    (this is exactly how a bunch of zealous fools came up with the whole triple marking fiasco which saw many leave the profession.....some left feeling ashamed they could not cope with marking over 2000 pieces of work a fortnight, whilst having to watch those that imposed and monitored it get huge pay rises whilst not having to do any of it themselves!).
  9. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    It's just teaching as described by people who want to be seen as something special.

    Try doing it without instructions for a day.
  10. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    Let him do your risk assessment for that.
  11. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    It would have electrifying and explosive results!
    'Here at Bovine Academy High, we foster a broad, balanced and exciting science curriculum....'
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