As a scientist I am a great believer in research. There is some fantastic and informative research around but I have one great worry. As we strive towards efficiency I think we may be losing something possibly more important – The Glory of the Ride
Are you the teacher you wanted to be? The one who took the students on amazing journeys and instilled lifelong learning and a passion for your subject?
Or have you been turned into a destination focussed, pass the exams, bogged down in a curriculum parody of your ideal?
Efficiency can come at a cost. I went to swimming race training as a child. We pounded up and down, used deliberate practice. It was hard, but efficient.
It has been very useful to me . I’m a beach lifeguard, kayak instructor and as a surfer it may even have saved my life.
So whats the problem?
Well I never swim for pleasure – purely a purpose. Would never dream of swimming for no reason
I worry that our students will never consider learning to be a pleasure, simply something you do fora purpose.
So how can we put the glory back into your classroom?
Watch this space for the follow up blog