The virtual school-bag is the idea that all students when they enter school have a metaphorical backpack with a set of skills and ideas – some of which are useful, and others not.
High expectations, research has demonstrated, lead to higher results through the ‘Pygmalion’ effect – that is, a student will become what is expected of them.
If a culture of low expectations is in place, the students in this classroom will achieve to the expectations set – so not very highly. The five techniques outlined in the chapter are extremely strong in their pedagogical value.
We all love spending time with our children and our families. But I’m pretty sure we all have those moments where we dread saying “Yes I’d love to play Monopoly!” Or how about the constant asking “Please can someone, anyone, set the table for dinner?”
French’s Forest Kids’ hotspot Wannabees calls itself a “Family Play Town”, and that’s exactly what it is. Spread over 1,100 square meters – with a Cafe offering free WiFi for parents.
Almost 10 per cent of parents have never let their child climb a tree, according to a Sydney survey. Conducted by Wannabees Family Play Town in Frenchs Forest, the survey casts new light on the trend of “bubble-wrapping” children.
Wannabees Family Play Town offers children a chance to dress up and try out some popular professions. The miniature town has 12 shops including a bank, beauty salon, hospital and supermarket. The fire station even has a fake fire that the children – dressed in firefighter gear – can help put out with a hose.
The northern beaches is home to many budding newsreaders – and these children know their stuff.
The youngsters who attended Wannabees Family Play Town at Frenchs Forest on Friday were lucky enough to take part in a mini news reading session with Sky News Australia anchor Tracey Spicer.