As an educator, it fascinates me to watch instructors in non-public schools ply their trade teaching kids to karate chop, kick a spherical ball, or depict a character in a play. Although this can sometimes be a bad thing, there is something illucudating about observing learning environments less encumbered by large ‘p’ Politics. I’ve often said that I feel lucky enough to have had my kids in extracurricular activities with superb educators who do not hold teaching degrees. I consider it a type of PD.
Here’s what they do in our municipal swimming classes:
Students pass or fail, period. There are no grades. Learners rarely pass the high levels their first time.
Everything that happens has feedback and exemplars embedded into the learning process. It is unambiguous, intelligible, and connected directly to success criteria.
Classes are not determined by age, but by acquisition level of skills. My daughter was just in a level with kids spanning 7 to 12 years of age.
No stickers are used. Not even for the tiny kids like my 3yo Jackson.
Teachers and students open up their learning to other classes, parents, supervisors. Everyone literally sees what’s going on. It is the definition of transparency.
There are no electronic devices.