‘Don’t prevent children from being interested’ – Nick Hutchinson #lupgceict

April 16, 2012  |  Uncategorized


“I think about ninety percent of the problem in teaching, or maybe ninety-eight percent, is just to help the students get interested. Or what it usually amounts to is to not prevent them from being interested. Typically they come in interested, and the process of education is a way of driving that defect out of their minds.”

Noam Chomsky

Two years ago Nick sat in the room about to embark on his final PGCE placement, today he presented to PGCE students from the University of Leicester on his experiences in the classroom using technology.  He shared with us the Chomsky quote above, and the notion that technology can be one of the most powerful tools for stopping children from losing that natural interest they have in learning.

It’s all about how it is used though, and the shift from seeing ICT as a set of skills which children need to learn, to something that facilitates their learning and the pedagogy in a classroom can be a big one. Nick shared a range of practical tips he has used to try to make this happen, shortcuts which can allow one to aim for the bigger picture- to keep children interested and sustain their natural enthusiasm for learning.

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  1. Nick Hutchinson is a fabulous teacher at this school he teaches the year 5s and they all absoulutely love him. Sighned Keith cullverwell headmaster of the hall school.

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