How do Learners Learn at School?

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Treehorn Express is dedicated to the cessation of Kleinist NAPLAN testing in Australian.   Kleinism is a New York version of fear-driven schooling which  uses the blanket testing ‘wmd’ called NAPLAN to destroy the reputation of  public schooling.      This weapon was introduced to schools in Australia in 2009. It disrespects children, devalues teachers’ professionalism and threatens the developmental future of Australia.     Ideologically, NAPLAN is immoral, politically driven, curriculum destructive, extremely costly, unprofessional, interruptive and very divisive. It is clearly aimed in a malicious manner  at public schooling and its teachers.  It also strives for mandated, standardised mediocre achievements in only a very few aspects of a full school curriculum in all schools.  It will survive until enough good people say, “Stop it.”

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How Do Learners Learn At School?

I asked a parent this question. He thought about it quite seriously and then remarked. “The teacher teaches them something, maybe from the black-board.  She then questions them and might set a test or the kids write something down.”

Well, we all know that there is much more to the learning process than that. They were mentioned earlier in The Treehorn Express [10 August, 2011],  The list is worthy of careful thought and consideration. Teachers can  think of an instance for each activity and try to figure how many can be used in one learning activity. The more the merrier, perhaps???

brainstorming     grouping      rationalising

choosing     inferring     reflecting

classifying     inventing     recalling

comparing     investigating     repeating

constructing     listening     representing

contrasting     manipulating     seriating

copying     matching     smelling

counting     mimicking     taking roles

creating     ordering     talking

deducing     planning     tasting

evaluating     practising     testing

experimenting     predicting     touching

exploring     pretending     verifying

generalising     questioning     watching

Learning to learn is an involved business, right?


     Re-form  Compulsory  Schooling.

Start at the classroom.


Re-form   – NOT reform [meaning ‘change’].

RE-FORM.  Start the system again.

Design it from the bottom up – with the knowledge of how children learn in school-room settings. What goes on in each classroom is the only thing that matters. For goodness sake, all you politicians….set things up so that expert classroom operators can consider their task and work on how to do better than we are presently doing. Arrange things to improve what goes on with learning in a classroom. Don’t make decisions on what you think goes on.

Compulsory – The starting age for compulsory attendance needs to be determined by examining the accumulated knowledge of the learning habits of children in the first decade of their life; and how they develop their idiosyncratic learning styles.  Special effort is required for setting the age to start undertaking institutionalised, regular, organised learning habits.  Should there be a completion age?

Schooling – The word ‘education’ is a nondescript word that says nothing important. A child’s education happens all the time during waking hours. A child’s schooling is special, when attendance is compulsory.

Classroom – The place where we force children to spend time so they can learn things and develop their unique styles of learning. To have each classroom work efficiently and effectively is why society appoints Ministers of Education and Secretaries.  The effect of their decisions on what happens in school classrooms during the years of compulsion is their main job… probably meant to be their only job.  To have classrooms work well is why Principals, Senior Education officials and advisers have a job, also.  Their curriculum leadership [guiding learners through certain learnings] is their main role, their only role is they can manage it. This professional group needs to know as much about each classroom within their care as possible and to be in them as often as possible. They need to have had hard-yard experience, to read widely and know more than most about schooling.

The home rooms themselves need to be of a size and shape, and contain sufficient learning material that allows for the full range of teaching strategies. Can you describe an ideal classroom for various age groups and various school activities?

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Phil Cullen

41 Cominan Avenue

Banora Point

Australia 2486

07 5524 6443


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