Attack! 73 Developmental in action Part 3

Welcome to ATTACK! 

ATTACK! is a two-page occasional publication giving attention to the curriculum – the holistic curriculum.screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-9-23-45-am

ATTACK! is for you, also to introduce to your colleagues. Each issue will be restricted to two pages. A cover graphic for a file or folder to store ATTACK! issues is available.

Most of ATTACK! will be concerned with the holistic curriculum which, if acted on, is a fundamental way to undermine the present undemocratic education system. Don’t be discouraged if opportunities to teach holistically are limited, do your best, be a guardian, and act as a witness to this culturally significant and inspiring way of teaching and learning.

To get in touch for comment, questions, and the ATTACK! issues to be sent to you personally:  ksmythe@wave.co.nz

Attack! 73 Developmental in action: a new entrant room (1989) – the holistic before the fall Part 3

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6 Responses to Attack! 73 Developmental in action Part 3

  1. When I entered the advisory service I was the only teacher who had experience of Developmental. It was not understood and therefore not valued. Thank you for this insight on how magical it all was. Everywhere I’m asked to give workshops and talks I add something about Developmental for my own therapy. It is part of our education heritage and something to be very proud of. I see with some of the new play based programmes a glimmer of hope.

  2. Kelvin says:

    When you read the accompany letter tomorrow to go with the booklets, it will both reiterate and explain what happened. Thank-goodness for you!

  3. Kelvin says:

    An Auckland teacher writes: Fabulous. You know, in a weird kind of way, I think the Ministry thinks this is what they are creating in the Modern Learning Environments. But of course they never can, because they would be beside themselves at the thought of kids ‘playing’, and they just don’t get the holistic idea AT ALL! What they are doing in MLEs is just a lot of computer stuff and it’s terribly modern and wonderful because they just happen to be sitting on bean bags. Whoop de doo. Prescribed, stilted nonsense.
    Cheers

  4. Kelvin says:

    Hi Kelvin

    My principal just gave me your issue of Attack! 71. I’m running a play-based new entrant room and you have described what my classroom looks like for much of the day. There is a large number of junior school teachers that are banding together through social media to support this learning and I’m no longer feeling so isolated or at risk. Interesting how the wheel turns.

    I would like to subscribe to Attack! please.

    Hi …

    Thanks for your encouraging letter. Your principal is a bit of a hero too.

    Give my regards to others.

    Will put you on list.

    Just ignore the combative side of the site and pick up on Attacks!

    There’s a bit of a twist to come towards end of series.

    I think you will appreciate it. A clue – I encourage ramping up the cognitive challenge and encouraging flexibility of thinking.

    Very best wishes

    Kelvin

  5. Bruce Hammonds says:

    A coincidence Kelvin but I was thinking of writing a post for my blog about the very same issue as your recent ‘attacks’.. I was thinking this because so many ( most) class programmes have become ‘fixed’ into a set pattern and the idea of a creative, organic developmental programme is not even considered in schools these days. I agree totally with one of the replies above that is is exactly such ‘developmental’ programme that the modern learning environments would be ideal to implement. Current organisations are fragmented, teacher centred, standardized, dominated by literacy and numeracy ( National Standards), and lack the vitality of holistic classrooms that tap into children’s interests. I have always liked Jerome Bruner’s quote that ‘teaching is the canny art of intellectual temptation’ Crate stimulating environment and the students will learn – that’s what kids do until they hit schols

  6. Kelvin says:

    Kia Ora Kelvin

    EX-bloody-ACTLY.

    Cheers

    Bruce

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