Does a quiet classroom quietly harm children? | Richard Wells | 4 Min Read


I was talking to a teacher this week and he was telling me stories of how exciting it had been to see a student teacher working with his class. It was that fresh enthusiasm and excitement new teachers can have towards experimenting with the variety of things that can be done in a classroom. The point he was making was how in the short number of years he had been teaching he had to admit that he had narrowed the variety of experiences in his classroom down to a set of activities that ensured the class were calm / quiet, and kept busy with their individual copies of the issued task. 

From the outside, his classroom looked like a well-meaning, focused, orderly affair and would tick the core requirements of the job. This quiet and orderly environment had also become the classroom norm for the students. The teacher highlighted that issuing individual ‘busy work’ and/or teaching the whole class from the front were the easy parts of the job and other forms of activity meant more workload. 

This chat coincided with an encouragement I had offered to all of the teachers in my school to look at the…

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Richard Wells

Richard Wells is a world-recognized educator, author and blogger on future education trends. He has presented around the world and has been rated in the top 50 world influencers for educational technology use. He currently works in school leadership and is passionate about moving schools forward to better represent the needs of the 21st century. Richard is an EdTech influencer who founded EduWells, a top 10 education blog. He is the author of A Learner's Paradise, a book in which he explains how education can operate without classrooms, lessons, subjects, and tests. Richard proudly started his career with a degree in Fine Art from Manchester in England. He worked in IT before contracting to work in schools, digitalizing their workflows in the late 1990s. He became an educator in 2003.