Just Suppose Teaching and Learning Became the First Priority…

February 18, 2008

…is the title of an excellent draft discussion paper by Frank Coffield, for LSN. If you are looking for an antidote to the frustration which we all suffer from hearing about nothing except targets and inspections, then look no further. There is some truly inspired thinking here, which both challenges preconceptions, and also gives plenty of scope for constructive action. What I particularly like is the perspective that teaching and learning are essentially interconnected processes which cannot simply be segregated (as evidenced by the same word being used for both in the Welsh and the Russian languages). This is important, as it compensates for the recent trend to place greater emphasis on learning, wherein the teacher is easily relegated to the role of ‘guide on the side’. The best teachers are much more than this, in my view. There are also some Activities in the paper which allow the reader to focus their own thinking, and to pass feedback to the author. Some of these would also make good activities in a teacher training context.  The paper is at



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