Teacher MOT: Making connections

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By Huw Thomasheadteacher and writer

Reassess the way you engage with your class

Group of adults

‘Only connect’, the rallying call of a character in EM Forster’s Howard’s End, serves as a good motto for teaching. Gone are the days when we saw our class as a room full of empty vessels into which we need to pour knowledge. Our understanding of the way children actively construct their own learning has highlighted the need for us to make connections to, and within, this process. In the second part of my ‘Teacher MOT’ series, I will explore the benefits of reevaluating the way teachers engage and connect with their class.

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