Why children ‘love’ textbooks

The Quirky Teacher

This blog post looks at the much maligned textbook from the child’s perspective. Rightly, we tend to analyse the benefits or disadvantages of x, y or z educational practice or resource in terms of its effect on learning and we will look for those added months of progression or increased retention of knowledge, but how often do we put ourselves in the shoes of your typical child and imagine what they’re thinking and feeling? I’m not saying we should concede all ground to ‘pupil voice’ otherwise we’d end up with every lesson being some kind of content-less disco party from hell, but it does seem to me that we place far too much emphasis on what and how the teacher teaches and tend to ignore what I think of as bonus learning that happens because of certain systems, practices and resources. The textbook is one such resource that I believe…

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