This is the first of 4 posts as I go through my ‘Particpant Preparation Work’ for Teach First, introduced here.
Module 1: Pupils at the Centre
‘Granting students ownership of the learning’
This module begins with an extended quote from an English teacher in London, who comments on the ‘self-fulfilling cycle of low aspirations, student disengagement and underachievement’ that he has observed in ‘challenging’ schools. He goes on to strongly vouch for the value of student-led learning for overcoming these barriers, and changing attitudes to learning.
When I first read this section several months ago, I was pretty much lapping everything up and assuming the quotes provided in the PPW document were a given – facts, rather than opinion. I guess I assumed that if Teach First included something in a document that every single incoming…
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