We don’t make lions sit at desks, so why do we ask children to?


Here’s a thought experiment for you: we don’t make lions sit at desks, yet they – like us – have legs and brains and toes. With this being the undeniable case, why do we, then, ask children to? This little thunk has got me thinking!

Here’s a second: lions come in all shapes and sizes, like us, yet they are allowed – nay, encouraged! – to freely hunt the baked veldt for wildebeest. At what point do we allow children to hunt for learning?

Taking on advice from other practitioners, I’ve decided to leave my comfort zone and allow these hunts to take place in my classroom. As part of my reconstructed classroom, which I’ve decided to call ‘Africa’, children can visit one of five ‘feeding zones’: The Veldt, Okavango Delta, Circle of Life, Elephant’s Graveyard or the Savannah Section. Each is purpose built to allow children the choice of…

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