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I love to share things I come across with colleagues, parents and friends and others interested in matters to do with education. I am particularly interested in inquiry learning, gifted education, fostering independence and growing emotional literacy in our children. You may find posts interesting, you may not. You may agree, you may not but the important thing is you ponder about how it sits with you and your learning journey.

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Relationships are the Heart of Great Teaching

If I were to sum up teaching in one word it would be relationships. They are at the centre of all learning for both children and adults. This is a heartwarming TED talk by Rita Pierson who shares her passion for teaching and the important role we have as educators.

When thinking about modern, innovative learning we need to consider relationships and how can what we are doing enhance the relationships were are building.

  • Why are we changing groups every three weeks?
  • How can flexible groupings be used to strengthen relationships?
  • Will some children work better with a particular teacher?
  • Does the child need to see things from a different perspective to make the learning clearer?
  • Would the child be best with their 'home room' teacher and not move elsewhere?

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