Some sides of school (161 out of 365) #blogaday

I think these are interesting points. Many people believe that kindergarten or below is simple because the children can’t pick up much material. However, these could be the most important years – if you don’t teach the kindergartners to read or the preschoolers how to socialize, they will struggle for most of their education. The lives of students makes a huge difference on how they act in school. How they feel each day affects the intake of learning and their behavior outbursts. Technology can affect the day as well. There is an urge to incorporate it because of the videos and other tools out there, but if the teacher cannot operate the system correctly, it can lose attention and bring down the lesson. Teachers can make a big difference as leaders, though. They bring an alternate perspective to the table because they actually work with kids and see the needs of the students.

Teaching the Teacher

It’s been a few months since @mcleod put out his 5 things we need to stop pretending blogpost. Better late than never with my response.

1. The lower the age group of students, the less important the work of the teacher…

There’s a misconception particularly in the general public that early childhood education is all about changing nappies and blowing noses, Don’t get me wrong, giving out diplomas, determining who passes and fails, teaching the three Rs, all important work. But Early Childhood Education teachers are the ones teaching kids how to get along with each other and how to learn and do so in a child-centred way. The rest of the education system should be learning from them.

2. That all technology is innovative…

Just because its on a computer doesn’t make it innovative. Too many apps are little more than worksheets – which begs the question why not…

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