The return to the traditions of a classroom; with the sharing of space and time with other students and the entirety of a full day of learning, listening and concentrating will be somewhat exhausting. It’s more important now than ever for our learning communities (educators, parents and students) to come together and be aware of the stress and strain of it all. There will be a potential effect on the wellbeing of our youth.
Australian schools are lucky that they can independently choose pedagogies. There has been a positive shift to move towards creative or inquiry delivery (especially in the Primary years) over the past decade or so. Meaning that schools are choosing a curiosity-engagement-creativity linear style for teaching outcomes. ACARA too (Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority) has created a Critical and Creative Thinking aspect for the assessment of curriculum, however unfortunately standardized testing is still the outcome of our schools importances (especially in Secondary).
Learning itself is a natural thing. We have interests, loves, and likes that we naturally gravitate towards in our lifetime. Behaviourists, cognitivists, constructivists and education researchers, have completed many studies on how we learn, and how we should teach. Like all theories, these of course, are constantly changing and growing with each new bit of research.
Start by listening to your child. Children are their own personality and they all cope with change in different ways. They can often even surprise us with their level of resilience versus our own.
To positively engage and teach a child we must be realistic about; emotions, feelings, struggles and milestones! It is about how we, as adults, can control the environment to be that of positive reinforcements and support. Rather than nurturing an environment of negativity and remorse.
Remote Learning and the Difficulties Remote learning is by no means the ideal situation for any individual. As adults, we are certainly feeling the pressures of COVID-19s environment and there is no doubt that the children are feeling it too. Just like we are missing things, so are they! Positive Teaching, thought we would take... Continue Reading →
ACARA - What is it? As a parent I am sure you have asked yourself, what is it that they learn in schools now? Makes sense! As the classrooms look the same as thirty years ago, but the teachers do not seem to be teaching the same. Although education looks slightly different in each state... Continue Reading →