The Child’s Perspective on Learning – Always the Most Important One
Professor Amanda Kirby is one of the most persuasive and accessible writers on neurodiversity – the pulling together of all the strands of special educational needs (SEN) into a single comprehensive thread.
This is a recent post from her on LinkedIn. I cite it in full to give her flavour of her work and her ability to move from the experience of a single lonely and isolated individual child to big picture thinking.
A 6-year-old child sits in a classroom and only understands some but not all that is being asked of them. They return each day still not getting all the information and are confused about why they make mistakes and make others laugh or get told off. As a consequence, they sometimes get angry with themselves, angry with others, lose focus, give up trying, or do something ( and then anything) to gain attention.> When asked ‘Why did you do these ‘silly things?’- They don’t know because they don’t know they have hashtag#dldhashtag#asdhashtag#dyslexiahashtag#dyspraxiahashtag#ealhashtag#mondaythoughts
I'm convinced we can, as a species, do much better than this if we set our minds to being much more positive and productive towards our fellow humans.
The solution is learning - creating independent and autonomous learners who can problem solve, innovate and create a better more equitable and sustainable world.
My books, Future Proof Your School and Re-Examining Success together with this blog, explore how better learning outcomes for all can be achieved.