Teaching Practice

How does technology in the classroom affect the role of teachers and their relationships with students?

At the London Festival of Education, Bryn, a secondary school teacher of science, wanted to know how technology might impact on the role of teachers.  Will computers take over some of the delivery of content so that teachers can focus on building learning relationships with their students?

Professor Diana Laurillard discusses what digital technology brings to the classroom and what it can offer to students and teachers.  However, she is pessimistic about the future of technology development for teaching purposes in this country because of the lack of government support.  She is more optimistic about the inventiveness of individual teachers and their enthusiasm to create new and exciting ways to use technology in the classroom.

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Teaching Practice

How can teachers support children through the exam process?

Amanda, a secondary school teacher, is concerned for children who suffer from the pressures of exams.  How can she and her colleagues support children to prevent recurring failure?

Dr Sandra Leaton-Gray gives some suggestions about how children can be supported to overcome failure and acheive success in exams.  She also questions the overly scholastic nature of our exam system.

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Teaching Practice

Does setting help children to learn?

As Dawn reflects on her child’s experience of primary school, she asks about setting or streaming in primary schools.  Politicians are enthusiastic but how does it affect those children who are not top of the class?

Professor Sue Hallam talks about the practice of setting and how it affects children of all abilities.

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