Spoon feeding lessons

(75 Posts)
CandOdad Fri 04-Mar-16 13:50:15

I am currently on PGCE. Every school I have been in most PPA lessons are just spoon feeding. For example I just observed a lesson of year six reading local landmarks from the board and this was "geography" they then went through a list and line by line wrote in answers as a class.

How is this education?

BathshebaDarkstone Fri 04-Mar-16 13:53:31

That's depressing.

CandOdad Fri 04-Mar-16 14:07:13

"Golden time" drives me nuts too. It's POETS hour but for kids.

TheTroubleWithAngels Fri 04-Mar-16 17:09:28

Golden Time is a valuable time for children to relax and play with their friends in a safe environment. Many children do not have that.

Any school which can't offer one hour of free play a week has got its priorities wrong.

I don't know who you're blaming but seriously, STFU. Teachers have it hard enough in England without uppity students criticising them.

Feenie Fri 04-Mar-16 17:22:48

Seen your type before.

He'll be a shit head in about 5 years.

Pippidoeswhatshewants Fri 04-Mar-16 17:29:38

I have nothing against golden time at all.

Isn't PPA time usually with some kind of cover teacher?

NaughtToThreeSadOnions Fri 04-Mar-16 17:33:06

I thought PPA was time for Prepeation Planning and Administration so time that teachers have off contact time to be able to well prepare and plan lessons and do admin tasks like Mark work, research, plan school trips and tours etc. So not actual lessons!

Golden time has some very valuable quality time for children and tbh teachers.

Are you sure your doing your PGCE or are you just a pissed off dad who has a vendetta against schools and teachers!

mrz Fri 04-Mar-16 17:37:04

I hate Golden Time! And holding activities that have no value other than keeping kids quiet.

Hulababy Fri 04-Mar-16 17:41:35

PPA at my school isn't just babysitting and spoon feeding I assure you. I teach a lot of the PPA lessons at my infant school. I teach them computing in those sessions, and I teach it properly! It is fully planned (by me) and prepared for, I cover the whole curriculum plus some. The children are engaged and challenged, and I ensure differentiation, plus take note of my Pupil Premium children plus the other target groups we have.

irvine101 Fri 04-Mar-16 17:47:45

My child lives for golden time! They are allowed to bring in stuff from home.(Non electrical, nothing that needs battery.) So, he brings in his lego or kinex creations and play(or show off.) Or he sometimes share creation on scratch with his friends. If I ask him what he likes best in school, he would definitely say golden time.

IoraRua Fri 04-Mar-16 17:50:33

Golden time is very valuable. I can use it to model appropriate social skills, sharing and generally check up on their oral language and social skills. It's no holding activity.

I would be interested in seeing your teaching in a few years, OP....

TheTroubleWithAngels Fri 04-Mar-16 17:52:42

Golden Time should be the noisiest time of the week.

It's an excellent time to sit with children and get to know them, to teach them how to play and to watch them play.

ProfessorBranestawm Fri 04-Mar-16 17:59:54

It's POETS hour but for kids.

What does that mean?

mrz Fri 04-Mar-16 18:01:46

why should that take place in an over crowded, relatively short teaching and learning week?

mrz Fri 04-Mar-16 18:04:05

P Off Early Tomorrow's Saturday

fuzzpig Fri 04-Mar-16 18:05:44

Oh grin thank you!

TheTroubleWithAngels Fri 04-Mar-16 18:06:34

Because we're teaching children.

IoraRua Fri 04-Mar-16 18:07:08

Because in some schools, it's one of the only times kids have to play together in a safe environment. Certainly the case in my school.

And as I said, language and emotional development, play skills, sharing and imaginative play are all very important. For me (when teaching younger ones, not any more) it linked well into the Irish Aistear play curriculum.
If any parent or uppity student came in to me criticising Golden Time, I am quite happy to stand by it.

mrz Fri 04-Mar-16 18:08:34

They don't have break times?

OrangeSquashTallGlass Fri 04-Mar-16 18:12:43

Can you explain what it is about golden time you don't like?

Tbh the fact that it 'drives you mad' makes me think that you don't understand it.

TheTroubleWithAngels Fri 04-Mar-16 18:13:41

What a depressing view that is, mrz.

IoraRua Fri 04-Mar-16 18:16:11

Yes, those would count as some of the other times mrz. Except a teacher will probably not be available to model proper play for them - much lower pupil teacher ratio when in class (and no mopping up cut knees), so I can do that then.

mrz Fri 04-Mar-16 18:17:36

I think it's depressing that a behaviour management system is being touted as a valuable learning experience

mrz Fri 04-Mar-16 18:19:29

Fortunately im not an uppity student but an uppity early years teacher

TheTroubleWithAngels Fri 04-Mar-16 18:22:46

What isn't valuable about children playing?

An early years teacher should know this.

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