Think about any space as a Learning Space, both inside and outside the classroom. Transform existing classrooms into 21st century learning and makerspaces, introduce learners to robotics, 3D printing, laser cutting and so much more.
Schools have existed for a long time, but they need to evolve! We need an education revolution to address the fast pace of change and to prepare our children for the new world ahead.
Learners are learning differently, collaboratively, the arrangemnets of our classrooms need to be evaluated, create learning spaces using uncommon and perhaps unusual furniture
Using various colours in a classroom reduces passivity and boredom. So your classroom should incorporate a variety of colours to reduce monotony and visually invigorate learners. Consider the age and gender of your learners, as well as the subject and activity, when selecting the colours.
Neurobics encourages us to use as many senses as possible to create strong and multiple associations, therefore when we remember the information there are more links. When we need to recall the information we have many associations to draw on and therefore better memory recall.
I was privileged to have met Pres. Nelson Mandela in person. On the 7th May 1996 I graduated from ORT-STEP Institute as one of the first group Technology Education teachers in South Africa. Rest in peace, Ntate, Pres. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela!
Teachers are expected to create valid, reliable and credible assessments. Whole school planning is valuable.
Thinking and learning is improved by movement, we should include it in our lessons
Have you watched the children on the playground or in the classroom? Girls and boys learn differently.
We often are told to use critical thinking questions when teaching and assessing. Included are practical ideas of how to incorporate the different categories of questioning into your everyday teaching.
One way of role-modelling caring behavior towards others is doing a community project with the children, or encouraging children to do community service.
Each school; no matter how big or small, wealthy or poor; can teach their students to care for others in the community. The outreach activities do not have be big projects. Start with a small community service activity, encouraging the children you teach to care for others.
We need to teach our children about the little creatures in the garden, encouraging the children to respect them, and discouraging them from hurting or killing these innocent creatures. As a teacher, this is a wonderful teaching opportunity.
The children could be encouraged and motivated to create an indigenous, bird filled, insect and creature friendly environment at school. The enthusiasm may spread to their homes, where they may create their own gardens.
Technology is constantly changing, and the children we teach, socialize and interact using technology in their everyday lives. When using technology in the classroom make sure it works!
How do you inspire your children to be creative when you teach?
Our schools often restrict or hamper creativity among the children, we want them to sit down, be quiet and work! When do we allow them to learn through play and exploration? What is your classroom like, do the children want to come into your teaching space?