„Educational experience in Norwich, UK“

Von Lidija Lennep (3.Semester PS)

 

During my language stay with NILE in Norwich I visited two schools and was impressed of two ways of teaching the children:

 

1. Mentor of the expert

 

Instead of reading the current story about “King Leo” to the children, the teacher did choose one child and told him outside of the class room, how to act in front of the class.

The teacher told the class, that “King Leo” has invited the lords, played by the class, to a secret meeting and that he would arrive now. The children were reminded, to speak “Queens English” to the King. The child (who was outside) entered the classroom and acted as he is “King Leo” and told the lords (class), that this is a secret meeting and he has decided to split his kingdom in three parts for his three daughters. The lords could ask him questions about his decision. Afterwards he went out of the class and the story part was over.

Later the whole class discussed about the decision of the king; the Advantages and disadvantages. Then each child was asked to write a diary about this meeting with his/her personal point of view regarding the decision of the king, of course in the past tense.

 

I think, that this lively way of teaching the story will be reminded better by the children. It will remain in the children’s memory, because each child was a part of it actively involved and has reflected the story verbally and wrote about it personally.

 

2. Guided writing

 

When the children have to write an essay they get two things e.g. with argumentation:

 

1st: A sheet with the order of an argumentation (problem, introduction, argument pro/contra, own opinion).

 

2nd: The sheet where to write the argumentation on it, subdivided into different quadrats.

First a small one for the title, the problem. Then a bigger one for an introduction, the biggest for the part pro/contra and a middle size one for the own opinion.

 

I appreciate this way, because the children can´t “get lost” during their writing. They received

help for the order as well as a visual help for the quantity of writing.

 

Finally something I would appreciate to have in Switzerland: Open fault culture

 

Something attract my attention from the first to the last day during my school visits. It´s the way, how polite the children are to each other, when someone makes a mistake or is not good enough in something. Nobody is laughing at a person in this situation.

 

I carried out that the British schools have a strong “reward and punishment” treatment. But in this case - I think - this behave is copied by a living example of the parents or society in general.