In defence of DVDs?

Clio et cetera

It’s that time of year again.

“Have you planned your Year 9 lesson for today?”

“Yes: insert DVD, then press play”.

Quite rightly, teachers who decide to sit out the last few weeks of the year by playing DVDs (or, these days, getting videos off YouTube) have been attacked on numerous fronts, and I would share in those criticisms. There is nothing more frustrating than a child coming in to a lesson two weeks before the end of term saying “what, are we working? Mr … is letting us watch Shrek!” Teachers who do this undermine the rest of us who want to have pupils working right up to the last day of term by modifying pupils’ expectations in those last few lessons.

I think, however, that we are risk of falling prey here to the same problem I emphasised in my last post: we tend to focus too…

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