29th October 2010 at 01:00

Routine and repetitive work

Posted by Flyonthewall75

HMIE tends to discourage routine and repetitive work. Yet, I cannot think of many skills that can be developed without regular practice. Most children need to practise different types of mathematical calculations on a regular basis, if they are to understand and remember how to select and perform them. Without this, more complicated problem-solving tasks become difficult.

Posted by kibosh

Under Curriculum for Excellence, repetitive subject-specific lessons will be a thing of the past. Pupils will spend most of their time evaluating each other's work, their own work and doing presentations on what they have learnt from the evaluations. There won't be time for all these repetitive calculations.

Posted by Flyonthewall75

It tends to be the average or below-average pupils who say they are bored. Able and above-average pupils tend to accept that routine, repetitive practice is part of the learning and consolidation process. It does raise the question as to whether pupils come to school to learn or be entertained.

Posted by sparky3

It's not an eitheror - we need to show children that there is sometimes pleasure in the routine and repetitive if it leads to achievement and the ability to do the exciting stuff. And if our lessons are so superlative that pupils are working creatively at full pitch all the time, aren't they going to burn out before morning break? Children need their down-time.

Posted by VelmaDinckley

CfE does not offer children a good grasp of the basics. Reinforcement and repetition is vital if children are to understand the basics of a subject.

Posted by didactaphobe

I haven't altered a thing about my teaching this year. The propaganda about CfE told us it was all going to be empowering teachers in making their professional judgment. But there have been various diktats about the methods we are supposed to use. The small useful benefit in raising awareness about some genuinely useful active learning technique could easily have been delivered without asking people to reinvent the wheel.

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