Why it’s time to get off the learning carousel

Instead of keeping children in a holding pattern, encourage free play while teaching one-to-one

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How many lessons have you spent with a “carousel” of activities set up in your room, involving two or more independent activities and one “teaching table”?

I have done it loads – it is a manageable way to promote active learning in a large class with limited adult support. The kids rotate around the room, theoretically engaging with the independent activities under their own steam and then, in turn, each group spends time with you for a short burst of direct input.

In the middle and upper years this can work really well – the quality of independent work can be great. However, many early years ...

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