Friday, September 07, 2018

Quality NZ schools / Karen Boyes - future learning / Curiosity / John Dewey and Jerome Bruner

Mural assisted by n ex Art Adviser

Education Readings
 By Allan Alach

Every week Bruce Hammonds and I collect articles to share with teachers to encourage a creative approach to teaching and learning. I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at

Bruce went to visit a school. Here are two articles reflecting on what he saw:

A walk around a creative school - the senior school
‘Years ago, before Tomorrows Schools, I belonged to a group of teachers who believed it was important to develop classrooms that featured student inquiry and creative work. My walk showed that, at least in this school, the idea of the importance of stimulating classrooms still continues.’

A walk around a creative school - the juniors
‘It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to walk around a schools junior classrooms. From the impression one gets you might have thought all you might see is literacy and numeracy work but my walk showed lots more going on. The classroom environment is an important messagesystem of what is seen important to students and parents alike.’

Why our education system needs to change Karen Boyes
‘To create a progressive and future focused education system I believe it needs to be centred
around the life skills required to be a contributing citizen of the world, have a focus on thinking, and practical applications of knowledge and understanding. This will require a rethink of everything we know and understand about schools. Business consultant, Peter Drucker, says “One does not begin with answers. One begins by asking questions.

Who are these modern learners?
With all the talk around modern learners, its probably time we got up close and personal to understand a little more about their motivations, behaviors, and attitudes. They are producers and contributors, not just passive consumers. So how should we be responding to these modern learners today?’

Developing meaningful learning in your school
By Katie Martin
‘Are you ready to make relevant, sustainable, meaningful change in your school? Download the free whitepaper that educational leaders around the world are using to transform student learning in their schools.’

4 Ways to Create a Learner-Centered Classroom
‘I have been encouraged with the thoughtful ways that teachers are starting the year and focusing on the learners and the learning community.  Here are 4 ways that I have seen recently that are great examples of how we can prioritize the learners and relationships to create learner-centered classrooms.’

The Importance of Curiosity and Challenge in Education
‘Here is something I have been thinking aboutWhether schoolis the direct reason why kids lose curiosity over time shouldnt matter. What should matter is that school should become a place where curiosity is developed in individuals no matter what factors have led to its decline.'

Skim reading is the new normal. The
effect on society is profound
When the reading brain skims texts, we dont have time to grasp complexity, to understand anothers feelings or to perceive beauty. We need a new literacy for the digital age.’

Getting Inside Students' Minds: Why Misconceptions Are So Powerful
‘"Students are not empty vessels", Students are full of all kinds of knowledge, and they have explanations for everything." From birth, human beings are working hard to figure out the world around us. But we go about it more like the early Greek philosophers than modern scientists: reasoning from our limited experience. And like those early philosophers — we're often dead wrong.’

A snapshot of a New Zealand School inquiry learning
‘At Hororata Primary School we want to encourage our children to "think outside the box"; to use flexibility, creativity, innovation, and social intelligence to solve everyday problems. Our teaching provides children with learning experiences that include elements of developmental, discovery, STEAM, and Tinkering learning theory, with a strong emphasis on science and technology.’

Bruce’s ‘goldie oldies’ file:

On Knowing - Jerome Bruner
‘The themes Jerome Bruner covers in his book concern the process of knowing, how knowing is shaped and how it in turn gives form to language science, literature and art.’

Experience and Education -John Dewey 1938
‘Such a lot of the ideas expressed today have their genesis in the ideas of John Dewey.That Dewey's ideas have yet to be fully realised says something for the power of conservatism in education. 'Experience in Education' is Dewey's most concise statement of his ideas written after criticism his theories received. In this book Dewey argues that neither 'traditional ' nor 'progressive ' ideas are adequate and he outlines a deeper point of view building on the best of both.’

The room environment as a '' message'' system

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