Talking Points, May 2013

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  1. Ellen Head says:

    I enjoyed reading this and it made me think about a teacher I had in elementary school. Ms Macdougall. The class was very mixed with ages from 5 to 10 in the same group. She treated each child with great respect. We had some routines like using a textbook for math, reading a story as a whole class and writing a diary. Other tasks would be set by having a meeting with Ms Macdougall and deciding what you needed/wanted to do. It was highly pro-autonomy, task-based learning. Ms Macdougall’s management skills must have been spot-on because we were doing work from first through to 5th grade simultaneously yet she got us learning and collaborating in a way that seemed very natural. When I read “Madogiwa no Totto chan” by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi the “train school”** which she attended actually reminded me a bit of Ms Macdougall’s class. (**this was a Taisho era free school in Tokyo – well worth reading about and a cute read for students too, published in a bilingual edition.)

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