Educational posters

John Dewey quote I’ve got my poster. John Dewey was a philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer. He was ahead of his time and it is probably only now we are beginning to understand what he meant because we can actually make the choice on the poster I have chosen. We can choose to use methods which served the last millennium well or we can look to this new millennium and understand it needs a different set of tools and techniques. We can work in partnership with our students. We are not the sole author of our classroom and we need to be flexible enough to test out what is new to see what educational benefit there is. The world is changing rapidly. We cannot keep up with it but we don’t have to. We are teachers. We have classes of 30 students who will work with us quite willingly to explore the possibilities. We are still in charge and the leader of the group and we still need to make sound decisions and judgements with regard to materials and tools but we can work with our classes to see what is best practice and what options there are. I had my year 9s doing dialogues on the iPads. One of my students was typing up what the pair needed and the other was helping her by checking and looking up words…but she also had this beautiful graphic design going in one of the paint apps. Should I have said she shouldn’t? It was so creative. She learned how to get an image from the iPad to my laptop after the lesson was finished because it really was a lovely image. If you want a poster to make you think , go to Poster-Street. E-posters seem to be very popular at the moment. They are popping up on Facebook all the time. It tends to suggest it is currently our favoured way of communicating important beliefs. Is it a case of the medium is the message? Use it to your advantage in your classroom.

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