Primary education is very different in 2012 from that experienced by many secondary school teachers. These extracts from a BBC documentary "Rhod Gilbert's work experience" feature the children and teachers of Monnow primary school near Newport in South Wales. At first glance it would appear fairly normal but a closer look shows that pedagogy now (2012) is very different from that of the 1960 - 90s. It is clear that the students starting secondary school in year 7 have experienced independence, creativity, thinking and inquiry. The secondary school must aim to build on these experiences to develop the students to their full potential, fit to work in the 2020s and beyond. The Monnow school website says that,
"Children at Monnow Primary School are provided with a dynamic creative curriculum in a resource-rich learning environment. They are active participants in planning their own learning, following individual lines of inquiry, in addition to acquiring skills and strategies for success in the 21st century. Our learning environment ensures children across all year groups can access a wide range of enhanced provision and independent learning zones. Through Continuous Independent Thinking challenges, children plan what to do, share ideas, discuss how to solve problems and persist when things are difficult or unclear."
I am sure that as secondary teachers we can all aspire to this for our students.
My students researched and developed their understanding, independently, of AC theory in the IB Physics course. There was no input from me as the teacher at this stage. The students then worked as a team to produce an instructional video which demonstrates their understanding of the material covered. This video attempts to show the essence of that project. The students also share their views on this type of learning.
In this video we examine the notion of rigour and what it means in education. Reverse teaching is used as an example of a modern, 21st Century pedagogy and the quote, 'These new courses and methods are OK, but they lack the rigour of more traditional approaches' is challenged and we try to address the provocation; "So how does a school live up to its promise of delivering the highest quality education if we can’t agree on what that is?"
This video was first used at the ESF annual leaders conference in December 2011 and includes contributions from a range of teachers at Sha Tin College who all have some experience of flip/reverse teaching and learning. As in previous videos on this channel the fiilm making is not professional but you would be hard pushed to find a more professional group of colleagues.
This video is "the making of the STC Physics channel on vimeo". We explain our philosophy on teaching and learning and show you how easy it is to make effective learning videos which help the students to develop a deep understanding of theory work. Although we work in the context of Physics, we think it would probably work in any subject area and could support skills development as well. If we can do it, then so can you.