Graham Nuthall, in the Hidden Lives of Learners, talks of three worlds of a student:
- The Public World. The world of the school, dominated by the teacher. If you walk into a classroom this is the world you usually see.
- The Semi-Private World. The world where children manage their status in their social group, with often different rules and customs to that of the Public World.
- The Private World. The world inside a child’s head, rarely seen and difficult to access?
Each Thursday evening I take a few Yr11 students to Starbucks to work on Maths. The aims are to:
- Increase independence (students in theory get on with their work and I get on with mine)
- Deliberately barge into the semi-private world, showing students that it is acceptable and profitable to work in spaces other than school