By creating caring spaces and embracing pedagogies that encourage a variety of practices, we can provide access and inclusion for all mathematics learners. Our common goal should be to ensure that all learners enjoy mathematics.
Research indicates that the quality of our educators is the single most important in-school factor affecting students’ performance. With this in mind, the King David Schools group has recognised the importance of designing a talent management strategy.
We must start recognising greatness in teachers. We must link student success directly to the role of teachers. We must also understand how to provide rigorous education, and to provide ongoing professional development.
Oakley House in Cape Town is a school dedicated to special needs, and it now seems relevant to share some of our experiences and insights and to describe how we attempt to address root cause issues in education.
At Little Buckingham we aim to create meaningful learning experiences through a sensory rich and hands-on curriculum. This is based on a pedagogy of experiential learning drawn predominantly from the Reggio Emilia and Montessori philosophies.
While online education has its benefits, the real, long-term good of the schooling system would be best-served by investing in developing a world-class teacher cohort for in-person schools that are rooted in and integrally serving their communities.
Despite societal changes and an increased understanding of how best we learn, the way that teaching and learning takes place in most schools remains the same. Schools recognise this, but may not have the flexibility, time, energy or resources to do something about it.