start where they are at?

lucas drawings

Recently I was sent these pictures from a proud mum of her 4 year olds drawings about one of his passions – footy. Yes that’s right a 4 years old – and if we to diagnose what’s his next steps of learning it might be to learn to write some lower case letters but it certainly wouldn’t be to start to learn Aa and progressively every letter of the alphabet after that. If teaching art it might be about proportional sense.

So what I’m saying is lets use the student work as artefacts to assess the next steps and not wait till a formal test and certainly not start all children learning the same thing at the same time. What I hear some people say is that differentiated teaching. Well yes in part.

Interested in thought here?