Starting from the Child: Teaching and Learning from 3 To 8

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CONVERSATIONS AND
OBSERVATIONS
Establishing a baseline

Introduction

If we acknowledge that children bring to school certain skills, knowledge and understandings then a key task of the teacher is to identify precisely what it is that children already know and can do in order to build on their existing competences. This immediately defines the classroom experiences of both teachers and children. If children already know and can do a range of things, then it puts the teacher in the role of learner alongside their class. The teacher must find out the extent of children's competences to ensure that the planned curriculum is appropriate to this particular class and its individual members. This leads to planning that is tailor-made for each child because the foundations for learning are unique. Each child has his or her own personal history of experiences, which will determine not only what they need to learn next, but how they will do so most effectively.

Establishing the starting points for children's educational experiences is not a task that takes place only when a child begins school. Teachers need to establish the starting points for children's learning throughout their schooling as part of the ongoing cycle of teaching and learning. All too often the planned curriculum establishes its starting points from what has been taught in school, and what a previous teacher has 'covered'. However children continue to learn in and from a range of contexts that are nothing to do with the classroom, and it is always necessary to discover what knowledge and understanding children bring

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