August 24th, 2005

Loz Cola

Welcome to the world of tomorrow!...

In “Teaching for Special Needs” today we got into a highly humourous discussion on Schools of the Future. What we wanted to see and how we thought that could work.

Some things proposed for these ideal Schools of the Future were;

Larger classrooms
Smaller classes (most people said 10 – 14 students)
Classes not arranged by chronological age, but level of knowledge, skills and potential (and this is the norm, so students don’t have any kind of stigma involved with being the ‘big kid’ in the class).
More freedom for students as to where they go for recess and lunch.
Student choice as to what they learn.
Behaviour management not being about punishment but accountability.
Teachers being paid more than lawyers or doctors.

Some of my favourite suggestions were;

Virtual teaching scenarios. You want to learn about the American Civil War? Here it is!
Watch Teleporters that students can use to go wherever they want for lunch and recess… but teachers control them, just in case.
Instant download of information, every student has a barcode and a program they can access. Need to know how to tie your shoelaces? Zip! It’s done.

The ethical and moral dilemmas in each of these situations were wilfully ignored by all us pre-service teachers.

I usually think of myself as an optimist, but you know what? I’m beginning to think I’ve got a very pessimistic view of the world. I don’t for a minute think any of these things are going to happen, and in some cases I don’t even think they’re things I want to happen. Instant knowledge? Students able to go wherever they want? Multi-age classrooms? I think there are problems inherent in all of these situations.
Loz Cola

Ill met by moonlight...

Anyone interested in having a look at Titania?

A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of my favourite plays. Of course, most of the plays I have read and seen were written by Shakespeare, which I keep meaning to rectify but I don't. Knowledge of some more recent plays would probably benefit me. I haven't even been to see that many stage productions. I feel culturally deficient.
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