I am a teacher. Through and through. From the tips of my toes to the ends of my mad hair. I don’t, however, fit into today’s education system. I cannot stand in a room of children who want to be outside and talk about integers, averages or percentages. For me education is about learning and learning happens through play. Play is experiencing the world around you and finding out how it works. Education must be meaningful and fun. It has to be fulfilling and every child should be given the opportunity to reach for the sky.
With the best will in the world this cannot happen at school. There are too many children, too many targets and too many distractions. That is why it is so important to keep playing together and learning together beyond the pre school years and to keep feeding children’s imaginations to keep that spark burning bright.
I see learning opportunities everywhere. This is just one. This is the day we all taught Bonus Boy about shadows.
And taught him the YMCA dance
And he found out about capacity all by himself when he overfilled his scarf with cuttlefish skeletons and had to find a bigger container!
This post was written for this week’s Gallery which is all about Education. Go and look!