David Cameron said, “There are some things that actually we really have to make sure young people are taught – sometimes it can be boring, learning arithmetic and your spelling can be boring, but it’s absolutely essential as its part of life” – Should any learning in school be boring?
Summary of Session:
With a lot of educators on their Easter break, or at least with a long weekend ahead, this ukedchat discussion was always going to be a busy session, drawing on David Cameron’s comments the previous week during ‘Jamie’s Dream School’. In response to one of the pupils questions, Cameron commented, “There are some things that actually we really have to make sure young people are taught – sometimes it can be boring, learning arithmetic and your spelling can be boring, but it’s absolutely essential as its part of life” – Should any learning in school be boring?
The discussion swiftly questioned the definition of being bored, with pupils expectations nowadays that they should be engaged – but people questioned the fact that educators are teachers, not entertainers. It was generally agreed that the definition of ‘bored’ may mean different things to different people, with the expectation that teachers should aspire is to try to engage and enthuse most of their learners most of the time. Modern distractions were accused as being a possible cause for pupils to become bored very easily, however many contributors recalled being bored at their schooling years back(!), learning by rote, or indeed learning about cows!!! Therefore, it is the style of teaching that has to be engaging for the pupils, along with the subject matter.
Eye-Catching tweets from the Session:
@dailydenouement – I don’t think any learning is boring, but some teaching can be.
@DrAshCasey – As Sir Ken Robinson said we are not tying to put children to sleep but wake them up to the joy of learning and knowledge.
@withoutmotive – If the teacher is bored with teaching the lesson, the kids will be bored. The lesson should be engaging for both.
@Mr_Thorne – I think the child has to be interested in learning – and its up to the teacher to make it interesting.
@Minervaminx – I love learning and persevere through any ‘boring’ bits because I know the end result. Pupils need to get to that point too.
@DrAshCasey – Frustrated by the idea that boredom in learning is good for you & builds character. We don’t choose things as adults that bore us.
@john_at_muuua – I get bored at meetings. Always seem three pages ahead of the chair… they’ve lost me on the journey.
@RealLara – The political side of this seems to come from politicians who ‘had education done to them’. They weren’t learners in schools.
@AnthHard – Focus on ‘pupil boredom’ by doing a lesson observation, but focus on the kids’ learning instead of the teacher’s teaching.
@primarypete_ – poor differentiation,repetitive tasks-Being realistic you wont engage 100%, 100% of the time but we should aim for it.
@MrMalcontent – Learning probably is boring for many children considering the high level of ‘distractions’ available out of school however…
@MrMalcontent – It is a reciprocal process. We go for engagement above entertainment but ensure chd know that learning is worthwhile in all forms.
@PostFilm – most of the creative play and learning disappears from the curriculum as children reach 10+ years.
@ColinTGraham – @primarypete_ The key point with any activity is that it should be clear why it’s being done in that particular way, I think.
@dughall – Learning by rote (tables, lines for a performance, poetry) can be deadly boring but I did plenty of it. To my benefit IMO.
@Pederosa – @dughall rote learning fine for regurgitation of a few facts but how about developing real understanding?
@MissSohi – As HOY, I’m looking at a difficult low ability grp, who seem to be picking & choosing where they want to be engaged.
@MissSohi – The feedback from their teachers has been fantastic.The key=short structured activities that allow for the different learners.
@ICTmagic – In class there will always be kids who loves/hates an activity. Where possible kids should solve problems their way.
@craftyslh – After all my efforts to make a subject interesting, there are always one or two in FE who are still bored, they “aren’t bothered”
@tonycassidy – What is ‘relevant’ knowledge, is this life relevant or economically relevant? Does knowledge always have to have a value?
Tweet/s of the Week:
@tonycassidy Isn’t their a difference between fun and engaged, engaged is where time goes quickly- an experience of flow #ukedchat
@primarypete_ To get high SATS results you can be bored out of tiny mind and get there. To become a learner 4 life you most definitely can not.
Notable Links Highlighted During the Session:
@ColinTGraham: The Project Zero approach http://bit.ly/12kh2Q suggests (demands) multiple methods towards learning – audio, visual, kinaesthetic #ukedchat
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