Had a couple of interesting discussions today while doing my ground duty at lunchtime.
The first discussion was about the nature of what education is, why are we teaching? I brought that I had done some reading and research into free/democratic education and found the ideas and principles behind it to be appealing and something to aim for. I find myself in something of a dilemma as the more open style of learning and inquiry type of learning seems to be heading in a similar direction. I also pointed out that it seems to be undergoing a hijacking of sorts by an agenda that is bringing in almost ridiculous levels of checking and accountability. The open spirit of democratic education is being suffocated.
The second discussion at the other end of my duty was about the video clip we were asked to watch for our PD. While at a very different level than what we are teaching there were some things to take away, mainly that allowing students the chance to collaborate helps them to master skills that are needed.