Workload and faddishness… ‘poundland pedagogy’

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This picture was posted earlier to a Facebook group I am part of, along with a request of how it could be used in a classroom activity. It appears that all teachers at the school in question have been given something from poundland, they are asked to use it in a lesson activity, and then pass it on (with said idea) and then get a new object to use.

In a profession where there is already a *huge* amount to do, so much, in fact that it is often not possible to get it done, it strikes me as a colossal waste of teacher’s time to get them to contrive an activity which can be shoehorned in to using a (seemingly) random object to try and, I assume, engage the learners. I wonder how much time has been spent devising activities to use objects such as this, in the name of ‘poundland pedagogy’ rather than the teachers spending that time either planning lessons that will fit the needs of their students, or giving them feedback on the work they have done. That is without considering the engagement or learning that will be take place with students conducting the activity with a plastic spork.

I am all for taking risks in lessons, and trying new or different activities out, but this should be done and decided upon with the needs of the relevant class in mind. This idea seems to be a faddish waste of time, and whilst there might be the odd object which can be used in an interesting way, I would be surprised if the time, money and effort could not be better utilised elsewhere.

Poundland is often seen as an ‘imitation’ shop, which lacks in quality. I fear, from what I have seen, that its pedagogical cousin is the same.

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3 thoughts on “Workload and faddishness… ‘poundland pedagogy’

  1. Great post, I agree entirely. The poundland pedagogy is fine, if a teacher wants to see what they can get from there and use, then so be it. But this enforced idea is nonsense and clearly comes from someone who has enjoyed the idea themselves or read about it, it’s probably done with the best of intentions, but hasn’t been thought through.

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