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This would make my son want to go to school...Spongebob as a subject? http://gu.com/p/2htyv/tw
They present it likes it's new, it's not years ago teachers could latch on to the stuff kids loved and run with it, boy our education system has got mixed up.
This is what educators should be able to do IMO capture the child's imagination.
I can see it would be useful as 'a starting point' as it says in the article.
Most subjects should be able to be 'made relevant' and probably are useful for 'cross curriculum' teaching. With Spongebob for example - you have art - drawing/painting him etc and can even use sponges to do this and perhaps make models. Then you can talk about natural sponges (biology and geography) as well as all the other sea creatures. Use numeracy to count how many there are etc etc. Literacy making their own stories or writing factual accounts of real animals/fish.
Then they can move onto Finding Nemo? lol
My daughter's primary school does seamless learning - so the topic will be Pirates, for example, and all kinds of reading, writing, maths, art, science, etc will be integrated without the kids realising.
I can see how you could let the children choose the topic, but then do the same with creeping in the learning. The danger, I always think, is that the teachers take something the kids love but then make it boring due to either trying to make it learning or other restrictions. (So, for example, on my daughter's "dress like a pirate day" swords, knifes, guns and hooks were forbidden.)
I agree Polly, it's what should be going on all the time
I remember having a famous five/secret seven day at school - we all had to follow clues set by the teachers. We even used to have April Fools tricks played on us - I am going back 30 plus years but it just shows how some things stick in your mind
Getting side-tracked as ever, but I think that is wrong.
Part of the trust and respect that children have for teachers is that teachers will do their best for the children. If the teachers start playing tricks on the kids, then they lose that respect (imo). Yesterday you tricked me by making me hop instead of walk. Today you want me to keep quite and sit stil, how do I know that's not a trick?
I think it's good to teach older children (perhaps around 14) the balance between obeying and questioning authority - but I don't think year ones are ready for that lesson.
Oh my Mum plays April Fools tricks on her year Ones. One year, last, I think, they told the kids it was National Hopping Day, and they were all to replace walking with hopping. Oh and because they were an Equal Opportunities school, they didn't mind whether they hopped on their right or left feet.
Every single kid fell for it. LOL.
Children need to learn boundaries though Daedy and with 'kids' in their 20's who have had teachers like Beth's Mum they have learnt when and how things are appropriate and used to their best advantage. The ONLY time we have ever had an issue was with a male teacher who used to play tricks get them all hypeed up then stop with no notice THAT teaches them nothing IME.
Okay I can see the point in using a subject that the chidlren are interested in and then introducing the learning, but it is very dependent on the teacher's ability and imagination, especially with the less obvious subjects. I'm not particularly happy at the thought of using teaching based on something that is so well marketed, IYSWIM - how many of the kids are then going to be pesterign parents for Spongebob this that and the other "because we're learnign about him at school".
And I'm not too happy about a teacher making April Fools of her pupils either, especially Y1 who are ony just getting the idea of April Fools day anyway. Unless it was very carefully done, it could easily lead to some of the chidlren going home in tears.
See how we all view stuff so differently our lads would have loved it and tbh I think with someone likes B's mum she's experinced and I imagine would take the lead from her class knowing what they could deal with ?