In this blog, Patrick Jackson shares his experiences of learning as a child. His insights illustrate some important elements of engagement and motivation that often get overlooked in the day-to-day busy classroom and curriculum.
What do you remember from your school days? Forty years on, I can remember:
- Some of the faces
- Many of the feelings
- Much of the fun
- Very few of the facts
- The times the wider world came into our classroom
- The times we weren’t actually at school
As a teacher, I’ve learned to incorporate those early memories of school into my own teaching. I’d like to share some of those lessons learnt with you.
Lesson #1: Exploit opportunities that you can build a lesson around.
My first experience of education took place in a wonderful Montessori school that occupied a room in a local racecourse. In return for allowing the school to use the room, the…
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