In my previous blog I talked about how I had been contacting teachers, the potential practitioners of this innovative classroom resource to gain feedback on how it could benefit them in the teaching of there students. Since then I have also been speaking to students, new and old on how PSHE teaching does or did effect them.
Some noteworthy results on PSHE:
I did once study it at school and in one word it was pretty awkward. The subjects way of teaching is old fashioned, where certain topics need to be taught in a new and exciting way.
It was just one of those ‘Oh we have PSHE’ type of classes. It was mostly a doss, where we knew we would all end up not paying attention.
small but valuable lessons in the long run
I think it taught me more about how to deal with issues and people well
it did teach me some things, so i would say it had a positive effect. However, i think there are a lot of major flaws in the way it is taught so i think the positive effect could be a lot greater.
I was taught inconsistently on relationships, drugs and sexual health at different ages in my education. I didn’t feel like I was given the advice that I need now.
How could PSHE be/have been taught better to suit your needs?
More focus on financial education
Making the subject more engaging by allowing the children to somehow get involved.
More individual centric, more emphasis on current and future relevence, less reading from text books and more direct engagement between pupils and teacher, even perhaps more like ‘circle time’ in primary school
Needed to be more feelings based and health based, sex, drugs, health choices social skills etc
Could have taught me how the world really is and how to deal with certain situations which I had no way to deal with.
Alot of pshe i was taught was very basic information, which got taught to us in the same way every year. Schools need to be careful to make sure they are not wasting time by teaching things we already know. Also, the subject can often come across as very patronising, and needs to be taught in a way that engages people and doesn’t annoy them.
This would definitely be a more engaging technique.
any methods of teaching that can engage pupils more are always worth a try.
As long as it was used properly and not distracting, i might have listened a little more
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