|Some of the 25 Primary Art Magazines|
The premise of the magazine was to share the ideas of creative teachers – teachers who were developing student centred programmes with an emphasis on using the local environment, the importance of the creative arts and develop stimulating room environments featuring student work.
|End of sharing|
The last straw.Above a impersonal school report with a antiquated narrow focus from a large school. The sign of a system gone terribly wrong. What gifts and talents have been developed? What key competencies have been identified and amplified?
|Matt Damon teacher mother - see report above!!!|
Bruce has had a long career as a school adviser beginning in the 60s – first in science then in art. Bruce and Allan Alach were both influenced by philosophy expressed in the inspirational book In the Early World written by Elwyn Richardson. Thankfully the book has been recently reprinted by the NZCER and we recommend all schools buy a copy.
|Some of Bruce's publications|
|The Taranaki Findings|
|John Holt gives up on schools|
What has really changed the past three decades - not much in our opinion - that is if you ignore the false promise of modern technology which is no 'silver bullet' and more often a distraction an also the recycling of open plan schools of the 70s with modern learning environmnts.
|Not Literacy and numeracy and not tiresome assessment|
forge connections between what he or she wants to know and what a learner wants to learn.
through the senses and that information technology can be integrated in such learning but that it is no ‘silver bullet’ in itself.
|Valuing student questions and theories|
Literacy and numeracy would be learnt through real contexts and help given as an when necessary.The current emphasis has not improved our reading scores on international tests and maths still creates a feeling of maths anxiety. So much current teaching is based on the premise that without teachers students wouldn't learn - time to create the conditions and trust students do what they do naturally - learn!
Literacy and numeracy need to be re-imagined as foundation skills best learnt in real contexts .
The artistry of a creative teacher.
Bruce believes that the feeling from completing an excellent piece of learning - exceeding ones personal best - in any Learning Area is the most powerful motivation of all. Helping students who exhibit lack of ability/interest achieve a sense of pride in any activity is the artistry of a creative teacher - a teachers who is able to slow the pace of work to allow positive interactions
|An exciting room|
|Most important question|
culture. But, particularly from the mid-thirties, there was a coming together of events, ideas and people including the depression, the election of a Labour government, the political education leadership of Peter Fraser, the ideas of John Dewey, progressive education thinkers from England, the influence of New Zealand educationists like Clarence Beeby and, tellingly for what follows, Gwen Somerset, a New Zealand-born primary teacher and infant mistress.’