Critical Events in Teaching and Learning by Peter Woods

By Peter Woods

This quantity describes and analyses unheard of academic occasions – classes of quite powerful educating representing ultimates in instructor and scholar academic event. The occasions themselves are reconstructed within the booklet via instructor and student voices and during documentation. A version of 'critical occasion' is derived from the examine, which would function a potential framework for realizing different such occurrences in faculties. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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It was put together by one of the groups of children. They continued to work on it at home and there was a minor complaint by one of the parents that their child's bedroom had been invaded by about four other children from their child's group and the resultant discussion had been so animated that Dad in the room below couldn't hear his television programme. What we have here is a group of children who, until recently, had spent most evenings watching television, suddenly migrating to that child's bedroom in order to work on a piece of creative writing.

It was the actual teaching that went on in the groups that equipped me with new tools to 23 Critical Events in Teaching and Learning Downloaded by [Aligarh Muslim University] at 03:09 23 September 2013 then take out and use in the classroom . . The actual mechanics of writing were taught within the groups ... It's like painting. If you go to an art class they'll teach you that you do a different brush stroke for a flower than you would for a house or a solid structure. And then within that you're advised to develop your own start towards a faster brush stroke, if you want to do that, or your own mix of colours, and that's the personal thing.

Relationships among and between the teachers and children were vital. The basis of the teacher-pupil relationship was democratic, and based on mutual trust and regard. It was this, together with some special qualities of the participants, that generated the 'communitas'. They inspired each other, 'sparked each other off', probed, complemented, extended, evaluated, applauded. Individuals, already lifted by initial recognition, were further lifted by their involvement in the activities of the group.

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