|A future oriented document|
|An evaluation of open schools|
|Introducing challenges through displays|
|From 'Learning with the Children'|
|Cant see the buildings for the student work|
Day to day organisation is continually evolving according to need and the growing skill of both teachers and students. Rotation group work (not ability groups) is a means to keep students and teachers on task. As the year progresses students are able to undertake personal studies of their own choice (individually or in groups) security.
|Colonial display ( Bill Guild)|
Teachers felt real and imagined pressures to conform to less venturesome methods and also found that their theory of such teaching was often in advance of their ability to put ideas into practice’ and that ‘and even well over a year our teaching ideas were still being formulated and changed…..Early in the year the major fault was to move forward too quickly forgetting the background of the children and our own ability to cope with the diversity that eventuated.’ ‘We wanted them to independent learners before they had developed the necessary skills to work independently….children worked too fast with little sense of craftsmanship.’
John Holt (1964) wrote about his ideal school as a place in which 'each child in his own way can satisfy his curiosity, develop his
abilities and talents, pursue his interests, and from the adults and older children around him get a glimpse of the great variety and richness of life'.
|We need to look past the buildings|
'Happiness has to got to derive from achievement and success not by having a good time.' Charles Silberman ( another 70s educator.)
|Did he get his fingers right?|