deem to be a middle-class school in a leafy part of the country. I have seen too many examples of highly creative children being punished by the school system. This is before they move on to applying skills of analysis, retrieval and inference to what they have read. Playing music (well) is by definition an expression of the soul and what could be more creative than that? The Week, First News and, aquila. When the headteacher started a recent staff meeting brandishing a letter from the Department for Education, you could feel the collective sense of dread fill the staffroom: what were they throwing at us this time? This brought me to a sort of aha moment. I have a student who seems to be flighty, superficial and not willing to use her head. What is the difference between a school teacher and a private music teacher? I think I was hoping it was a one time occurrence, and that the situation warranted.
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Maybe you dont want to work on the creative side of things, but giving yourself or your children the chance to develop that side certainly doesnt hurt especially when we dont know what qualities the job market will value 20 years from now! Reading is a big priority for us, not because we want good Sats results, but because we all want children to become lifelong readers for pleasure. . I forgot to mention that one of her school teachers told the parents that the child is stupid (in nicer words, but that was the gist) apparently confusing lack of conscientiousness and interest in the subject with lack of intelligence. Or we should be anyway: teaching our students to be creative via conscientiousness. We all know where children without work ethic turn for survival. Conversely, students high in creativity seem to get the worst grades. It doesnt come about through children answering questions from excerpts of texts that they will never read in full. What happened to car washes, and bake sales? These include a number of high-quality magazines and newspapers including. Another of our priorities lies in ensuring that the children study a broad curriculum using a cross-curricular approach. What is that trait? Every child in school has a half hour session for reading every morning either independently, to an adult, or as part of a guided group.