Bad children do exist, but only as a result of the actions of parents in their upbringing. We cannot expect children to act like adults, yet so many ‘helicopter’ parents believe that allowing their children to be ‘young adults’ is nothing more than children behaving badly. Parents want to be friends and not be responsible parents, who […]
Creative and Exploratory Environment Learning Blog!
Exploratory Learning Environments(ELE)™ does not direct the student towards some predefined cognitive state, but create stimulating environments to be explored by the student. Strategies to promote learning ‘by doing’ as one of the most specific approaches in learning theories by Dewey, Vygotsky, Piaget, Bruner, Kant, Rousseau, Socrates, Freire, Giroux and Luke. Do students need skills […]
How can we change our children’s obsession with Handheld devices? Should they be banned for children under the age of 12? Many parents, teachers and governments as stakeholders in the learning of children think there should be greater control of their usage in the home and at school. Whilst many teachers recognise the benefits of […]
The context, and/or environment, in which students learn and develop as human beings has a critical impact on the kinds of adults they will become. Learning is a remarkably social process that occurs as the result of a social framework that fosters learning and not primarily as the result of teaching. Students adopt the attitudes and […]
The downside of being a friend instead of a parent impacts on the child by causing a disconnection between the parent and the child as well as impact on their future development. Jean Piaget said ‘education for most people, means trying to lead the child to resemble the typical adult of society’. Parents and children […]
The human brain is a wonder thing. It starts working the moment you wake up in the morning and it stops for most students when they arrive at school. To counteract this effect here are Five Ways to empower your students to think ‘creatively and imaginatively’. First have student think ‘positively’ to help them realise […]
The context, and/or environment, in which students learn and develop as human beings has a critical impact on the kinds of adults they will become. The results of my doctoral study (Vey 2005) suggests that students’ engagement in challenging work was more likely when it was within a supportive classroom as this enabled them to […]
Imagination and Creativity can be encouraged in an Exploratory Learning Environment (ELE) which facilities and supports creative learning. Students engage in higher level cognitive activities like generating hypotheses and testing them, making generalisations and testing assumptions, finding relevance, making comparisons, classifying and (re)structuring information, discovering inter-relationships, constructing, creating and reaching conclusions following various paths. John […]
Always the student looking for new ways to improve by teaching. I have put together a short movie of our recent trip to the UK and Europe. Besides teaching it was a fact finding mission for interesting ideas for my history and English classes. Places like Stonehenge, Plymouth Roman Baths, Lands End, Glastonbury, Bath (Roman […]
In both people’s homes and places of business, there will always be a risk that someone will try to steal your valuable items. The risk is particularly acute in industrial complexes that are very difficult and expensive to guard, especially at night. While there are security options available, they are usually either excessively expensive, or […]
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