His book ‘In the Early World’ should be in every primary classroom and thankfully has been reprinted by the NZCER 2012. Elwyn saw his class 'functioning as a community of artists-scientists- each person counted and was expected to make a contribution to the class community'. Elwyn Richardson gave his students 'the opportunity to
'Holt replied, ' it would be to let every child be the planner, director and assessor of his own education, to allow and encourage him, with the inspiration and guidance of more experienced and expert people, an as much help as he asked for, to decide what he is to learn, when he is to learn it, and how well he is learning. It would make our schools....a resource for free and independent learning’.
There are those who believe that this might be beyond the capabilities of teachers whose only experience is post Tomorrow’s Schools (1986) but, in contrast, there are others who believe that many teachers are teachers are looking for a ‘new direction’, one that really values their professional involvement.
Kelvin is an ex Senior Inspector of Schools and shares his ideas through his Netkonnect Website. Kelvin sees learning as a holistic or integrated experience and has dedicated much of his efforts sharing the ideas of Elwyn Richardson, Sylvia Ashton Warner and creative teachers he has worked with. He believes that it is the sharing of the
Link to Kelvin's Attack documents mentioned below
|Creativity as important as literacy|
There are a range of inquiry models for schools to make use of.
The wider the range of content explored the more opportunity to tap into, uncover, or amplify students’ unique gifts and talents.
|Two great practical books|
|More than literacy and numeracy|
With expertise some teachers might, for brief times when independent learning skills are in place, move into a free choice integrated day.