What does teaching require?
“All teaching requires the mastery of a full repertoire of pedagogical skills and practices.”
Seymour Papert had a vision of children learning in ways that were revolutionary. He believed that children learn better when they are solving problems in context and also believed strongly in people learning from one another. He believed that children learn at a greater depth when they are challenged through exploration and discovery. Supporting learning through four guiding principles of the 4 P’s – Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play. Projects – Focusing on projects that engage the children, learning more by solving problems within the context of the project and then understanding and using their ideas. Passions -Building on peoples passions and interests to help them fall in love with things or ideas, Papert believed that people learn best when they work on things that they really care about. Education has very little to do with an explanation but about engagement and falling in love with ideas. Peers – Learning with and from each other, sharing and being inspired by others. Play – Playing and exploring ideas, challenging themselves as they explore and experiment, trying new things, taking risks and pushing the boundaries within a safe and stimulating environment. Although this theory might have strong links to the Art&Design curriculum, there are definite links to be made within other subject areas. We want all children to be inspired and engaged with whatever subject or theme is being covered and applying various strategies or techniques from different subjects can only help but enhance the delivery and outcomes of the chosen theme.