School council is another institution that needs a re-think in school. Traditionally after elections, the representatives ask their classes for ideas. The silence is followed by a rapid-fire flow of ideas, some good but often not thought-through. Rather than follow the usual procedure, the representatives took time to work with small groups using a few... Continue Reading →

Harkness discussion in Elementary Schools

This a classroom idea I stole from Chad Walsh and Sam Sherratt at Time Space education, the Harkness discussion. Put simply it is a discussion where classroom discussions are tracked by a teacher (or a better yet a child). The observer draw lines between participants in a discussion and jot down interesting ideas in the... Continue Reading →

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