'The need for rich conversations'
Another Hattie study confirmed that in reading at least, ‘the poor get poorer the rich get richer….if you don’t read by eight you don’t catch up.’
Another important factor, the article stated, is a child’s openness to new experiences. Unfortunately, the article continues, many children are very cautious about entering into learning, are risk averse and give up all too quickly. ‘What every child needs’, Hattie comments, ‘is a significant adult to express positive regard about him or her.’
|Expressing feeling through art (Age 9)|
Such ‘slow’ experiences enrich their visual curiosity and, in turn, enrich their vocabulary and bring to mind questions that have the potential to lead to explorations in a range of learning areas.
|Drawing//reflecting about a dead bird|
|How many ways to view the bridge?|
Each way of interpreting has the potential of being a mind altering experience. This multiple interpretation idea has been well expressed by educationists EliotEisner, Art Costa and Howard Gardener and also by creative teachers such as Elwyn Richardson. It is also aligned to the intent of the all but side-lined New Zealand Curriculum.
By ignoring students’ personal concerns and their environment their real world becomes increasingly divorced from school.
|Imagine - first dip in the sea for these boys!|
|Exploring a down pipe ( age 9)|