How do children learn? Is it through testing or open-ended class discussions aimed at piquing curiosity? Lewes New School, is spearheading a new approach to education.
‘Children learn to a huge extent by imitation – if we want our children to be curious, creative, reflective, courageous, respectful individuals then that is what we as teachers must model,’ argues Lizzie. ‘I feel that currently teachers tend to be trained to perform and learn a role that has little to do with these qualities.’
‘A teacher has to be able to share their own experience of what it is to be a learner, and to “be” with the discomfort of not knowing, of puzzling out with the group or an individual how best to proceed. Creative processes are by definition open-ended, and this often requires teachers to step out of their comfort zone to explore.’