was revealed to me at a Kindergarten yesterday when the head teacher directed the children to the mat where they were to assume their 'learning positions' in preparation for a visitor who was to talk about safety around swimming. That got my attention.
The 'learning position' was indicated by extending the thumb and forefinger to make a 'L' shape. Legs out front, bodies straight. I tried it. Ouch. No. More yoga required.
Could you learn like this? Not me, I chose to find a more comfortable position for the discussion. I wonder where this came from? I forgot to ask about it afterwards so trolled Google - no answers there. Is it based on science and/or evidence-based practice? Is it a teaching myth?
More importantly, do children not learn when they're in other positions? To be honest it just all sounds bloody ridiculous.
I know of centre in Wellington that is letting children stand and even (OMG!) lean against the wall during group mat-times. Yes! Boys especially are sticking around. Still, despite this 'success' I still find it amazing how inactive spectatorship that relies on knowledge transmission is still chugging along out there! Will this pedagogical dead duck ever sink?
Compulsory mat-time - fail.
Compulsory mat-time with compulsory way to sit - epic fail!!!!!
Now yoga sounds more appealing... I know of a centre that does QiGong each day as a way of calming the children in readiness for the ritual of mealtime... Oh I love tangents.