The schoolification of EYFS and the demise of play-based learning.

Painting? Thinking? Learning? Playing? All of these?Before I taught in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), I would jest that this learning through play malarkey was just playing. How on earth could a teacher focus in such a noisy and chaotic environment? How could someone actually make sense of what was happening whilst the children … Continue reading The schoolification of EYFS and the demise of play-based learning.

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Thank you for making me think

My new role as a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education has opened up a world of research that was just out of my reach as a primary teacher due to a severely limited budget and a local library that never stocked such literature. Instead, I used Twitter to keep in contact with those that had … Continue reading Thank you for making me think

Teaching and Learning metaphors

There are those that teach and there are those that create visual metaphors about teaching and learning. I present a few of the many teaching and learning visual metaphors currently to be found online and even on some school walls.Thank you to¬†@C_Hendrick, @HeyMissSmith, @MrHistoire and @StuartLock for the conversation that spawned this post.There are probably … Continue reading Teaching and Learning metaphors

Developing mastery in the classroom through personalised learning

To master anything you first need to be taught how to do it then have the opportunity to practice it, test what you've learned and practice some more until you get it. That's about it. Yet in schools we seem to ignore this and revert to a list of lesson requirements that appease an observation … Continue reading Developing mastery in the classroom through personalised learning

How do we improve our teaching?

It seems that now, more than ever, every facet of teaching and learning has come under the microscope that forms every teacher's Performance Management. I have my own PM coming up later this month which will examine my performance during the 2013-2014 academic year. The discussion will examine in great detail the targets that were … Continue reading How do we improve our teaching?