APDEC 2016 – initial thoughts


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I just got back last night from APDEC 2016 in Taiwan. I’m pretty tired but I want to get some initial thoughts down – hopefully I’ll write more about these topics in the coming weeks (once I recover).

About childhood:

  • Play is really, really, really important for children’s development. It’s important for cognitive learning, and also equally important for emotional health (Peter Gray).
  • Children spending time away from their parents is really important, and they cope with it very well – they’re not nearly as dependent on us as we (like to?) think they are (Henry Readhead).
  • Children need other children to play with – there’s nothing wrong with also playing with adults, but playing with other children is vital.
  • Play is also vital for adults – ideally you’ll experience your work as play .
  • Parents need help to be the best parents they can be – without training they’ll tend to copy their own parents.
  • Educators, parents, and children (and indeed, probably everybody in the world) would all do well to learn Non-Violent Communication. This is something I feel I might be able to help people learn, though I also need to learn a lot more about it too.

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APDEC 2016 – 最初の感想

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  • 自由な遊びは子どもの発達に”とってもとっても大切”。認知的な発達はもちろん必要で感情的な発達にも必要(グレー・ピター)
  • 子どもは保護者から離れることも大事。私たち大人が思っている以上に独立性があり保護者がいなくても(スタッフさえいれば)うまくやっていける。(レッドヘッド・ヘンリー)
  • 大人と遊んでもいいが、子どもは他の子ども達と一緒に遊ぶのは一番大事。
  • 大人も遊びが必要。望ましいのは、自分の仕事を遊びとして経験する。
  • 保護者が上手に子どもと接するためには保護者自身の教育が必要。それがなければ自分の親の子育てスタイルや癖を(無意識で?)真似する。
  • 教育者や、保護者、子ども(世界中のみんな)は非暴力コミュニケーションを学べばいい。私はこれを教える興味があるが、もっと学ぶ必要もある。

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the one thing both sides can agree on

In the UK (if it’s still appropriate to call it that…..) there’s an incredible amount of bad feeling, division, distrust, resentment and anger going on right now, and when people are this angry at each other they tend to focus on their differences (which they use as insults to yell at each other).  I’d like to suggest that, understandable though this anger and shouting is, it would be more useful to try to find something that both Leavers and Remainers can agree on.
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The Brexit debate is no longer democratic

A simplistic view of democratic process is that it is about voting for what you want, but in reality democratic decision-making is far more complex: it’s about dialogue, and negotiation, and compromises both sides can live with. This is because democracy is founded on the idea that everybody has a valid perspective and therefore should have the right to contribute to decision-making – the aim then becomes a solution or compromise that satisfies as many of the interested parties as is realistically possible without compromising the central principle of mutual respect. “The Brexit debate is no longer democratic” の続きを読む

Real learning comes from curiosity


It’s my belief that we should leave children’s learning up to their own curiosity, because learning that comes from curiosity is true learning that they will remember throughout their life, whereas learning that they have forced upon them is shallow and soon forgotten. As an example, I want to reflect on my school-based maths learning.

At 16 years old I got an “A” in my maths GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education, a national exam in England), an exam that involved extensive algebra and trigonometry. Getting an “A” means that at the time I really must have learned the material, and yet now I can hardly do algebra at all. I can’t solve any but the most rudimentary of problems. “Real learning comes from curiosity” の続きを読む


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例えば、私は16歳の時イギリスの公式算数試験で「A」を取った。内容は代数や三角法などで「A」を取ったなら解っているはずだ。でも今私は代数が解らないし、問題も解けない。2005年にイギリスの小学校教員免許を取ろうとしたとき、代数の知識は全くゼロから学んでいる状態だった。16才に覚えた内容を29才には完全に忘れていた。 “好奇心から学ぶ” の続きを読む

Computer Games: an early experience of competence and confidence

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For his birthday in January 2015 Boo decided he wanted Minecraft. In case you don’t know it, I’ll briefly explain: Minecraft is a computer game where you (along with other players) run around freely in a 3D world , building things and exploring – kind of like Lego if you and your friends could be the little Lego men and had an infinite number of blocks to play with (and an infinitely large bedroom). It’s a creative game that I was also really interested in playing, and once I installed it on our tablets we played together for at least a couple of hours every day. “Computer Games: an early experience of competence and confidence” の続きを読む