[ This post relate to Kerry Heath’s STS  lecture.] 

Kerry related that her son was experiencing some temporary social isolation at school due to the new school year and changes to the class constituency. This was a result of her son moving from a composite class last year, in which he mainly mixed with elder students, to a single grade class this year. Kerry highlighted how difficult it was  for her son to learn effectively, or even to maintain his attendance in school until these social issues – part of the milieu of curriculum  – were recognised. As teachers, we must understand that the aspects that form the curriculum (teachers, students, subject matter and milieu) have a direct implication for learning. We do not teach in a vacuum, nor do students operate in a singular environment. Comprehension of the multitude of pressures that students face outside our classroom will transform what seems personal to us, but is actually  individual to our students, so we may evolve an individual approach to their learning.

Secondly, and briefly, is the notion that as a teacher, we facilitate learning rather than the traditional model of teacher-centric education. This married well with Meg’s ELPC  lecture, in which she reminded us that with digitization, the “teacher is not the only font of knowledge in a room”. If we can facilitate learning rather than transmitting knowledge at our students, then we have given students the ability to learn in an autonomous manner, that will last many years beyond the scope of our classroom and even our interaction with those students. Seems like a no brainer to me. That is how I want to teach!