Monday, 5 May 2008

Teaching and Learning - We mustn't forget fun!

'Daren' complete with police escort!

Standing in the for Hon. Minister yesterday to give remarks to several hundred primary students, staff and parents, I was struck by the estactic reception that mascot 'Daren' received as he entered the hotel ballroom. The event was the successful 'graduation' of students from the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) programme run by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

We are constantly talking about the use of technology in education, we are talking about increasing engagement in work, project based learning and providing relevance to our teaching and learning. What we must not forget in all this excited discussion about 21st teaching and learning is that primary students like good old plain fun as well! This plays just as important a part in motiviating students.

The essays done as part of the D.A.R.E. programme were word processed (drafted and published) and well formed, the research and understanding was good, the oracy displayed by essay winners was excellent... The speakers were fine, (I hope I was), but despite all this it was Darren that still stole the show! Maybe there is a point for all teachers and educators here!

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