Date: Thursday 1st August 2013
Session Title: What can the UK education systems learn from other countries?
[pullquote]As educators, our goals should be universal, regardless of passport or time zone: student learning[/pullquote]Tonight’s topic is one that is close to my heart. I spend over three year teaching in various parts of China. I’ve always believed that having knowledge and experience of the big wide world is important, especially for teachers, whose job it is to fit the skills and learning of the students into the global context. No doubt many teachers are trying their level best to best this on beaches around the world and the chat was a little quite.
The discussion began by exploring where the participants have taught. A surprising number had taught outside the UK or were doing so now. We exchanged experiences and insight into the countries. There were a wide range of experiences, from teaching in rustic villages with just the teacher’s ingenuity as a resource to the most high tech, well resourced schools.
We began to compare the school systems around the world. There was a fascinating discussion about the Australian system, once held up as a beacon to the world, but in more recent time it has been moving towards the English system… which is not held in high regard around the world.
UKedchatters briefly compared the difference systems around the UK and spoke about the merits of each. Obviously still feeling tired from the long summer term, this didn’t last long.
We finished by talking about the ideal country which we would like to teach in. Perhaps surprisingly, there was no mention of sunshine or beaches, but most spoke about the freedom of the curriculum, relaxed testing regime and being allowed to be creative.
[pullquote]We all wish to be somewhere else on occasion (especially on Monday mornings)[/pullquote]We all wish to be somewhere else on occasion (especially on Monday mornings), but as global Twitter citizens, we have a unique opportunity to cherry pick the best practice from around the world and embed it into our classrooms.
@RachelOrr: We are teaching children for jobs that have not been created yet! We need an ever changing curriculum and not magpied. #ukedchat
@Ezzy_Moon: @littlestobbsy Traditional life/methods still strong in some countries. In Nepal, rote learning huge! They learned quickly tho #ukedchat
@littlestobbsy: @ICTmagic #UKedchat I think we are always playing catch up now that technology is such an integral part of the 21st century world
Tweet of the Week
@JennTesoro: @ICTmagic as educators, our goals should be universal, regardless of passport or time zone: student learning #ukedchat
About your Host
Martin Burrett (@ICTmagic) is a Year 5/6 teacher at Mersea Island School in Essex and is an advocate for using digital technology to improve teaching and learning in schools. He founded the ICTmagic educational resource website and is a co-administrator for UKedchat.