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Balance of real-time learning versus self-directed learning

Reflecting children's learning abilities at a more granular (subject) level

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  • Parent/Caregiver

Tell us about your idea

The mix and flow of what is taught real-time and self-directed virtual learning can be combined in one lesson and can be applied across topics. The idea that the teacher explains and the child who has grasped the principles could then leave and get on with their work should be promoted rather than all children having to sit and listen to all the questions from all the the other children before they can effectively start promoting self-reliance and confidence

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

Compulsory homework at weekends for pre-high school children (up to 11 years old in the UK). Why - the teaching is intense and children need to have the time to play. The working parent's weekend can be busy too and therefore being able to spend time with the children 'looking for fairies in the garden' should be able to be spontaneous and not another timetabled activity

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I am a parent (Dad) who had no idea what went on a year 4 classroom (child's age 9 years) who has had his eyes opened about what actually goes on and the incredible work teachers do.

What region are you located in?

  • Europe

Where are you located?

I am based in Woking, near London in Surrey, England with a high proportion of daily commuters into London


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Photo of Darry Strickland

Thanks Hugh Gray for your contribution to the Challenge. Your idea has promise because it meets the need for differentiation and immediate feedback during the lesson. I would be curious to see a quick mock-up of the your ideal learning platform for your child based on what you have experienced with Microsoft Teams and GetSmarter?

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