What teaching philosophy teaches me: Reductionism



Friday break time is staff briefing time. Yesterday we had a briefing regarding what to do if OFSTED come in this year, which is a big possibility, considering it will be close to 5 years since our last inspection. Everything we should be doing was broken down into minute details, explained to us with clarity and as staff we were asked to concentrate on solely on this. As a a Head of Department we all got ‘OFSTED Ready?’ checklists to go away and ensure our colleagues are doing everything as they should. Now whilst I love a good list as much as the next teacher, I begin to worry that we may be missing the bigger picture?

I then went off to teach Year 9 boys badminton. We were looking at the low backhand service in doubles as a way of gaining an attacking advantage. We spent time breaking the…

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