A very compelling argument for knowledge as a bedrock for learning. Learning by heart.
Part 1: Poetry by Heart This week at KEGS we published the latest in our Learning Lessons series. This issue documents a fabulously exciting project masterminded by our Head of English, the esteemed Dr David Greenwood. David and two colleagues, French teacher Alex Steele and Latin teacher Frank Garcia, all teach the same Year 7 class, 7M. In the autumn term the boys in 7M engaged in a wonderful Poetry by Heart project linking the three subjects.
I thoroughly recommend reading the full article via our Learning Lessons blog and following the links to the clips of various recitals and rehearsals. The philosophy is very clear – that learning poetry by heart adds significantly to experience of learning and, ultimately to the students’ appreciation and understanding of the material. If you have ever found yourself saying something like ‘learning things by heart for the sake of it is pointless
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