I had an interesting conversation with the twins, a couple of days ago.
We were talking about the things they do at school and Boo proudly told me that she was a ‘Friendship Buddy’ while Lou is a ‘Fruit Monitor’.
They are given lots of different responsibilities at school. They have ‘Lunchtime Helpers’ and ‘Eco Warriors’ too.
All of the children get a chance to have a go at each job at some point. My girls love the responsibility.
I told them that when I was at school, things were very different.
We went to school and there was one teacher teaching a class of around 30 pupils. These days there is the teacher and also a teaching assistant in each class.
At lunchtime we had dinner ladies and once we’d had our lunch, we all went into the playground and were supervised by them. These days this is still the case, but the children are also encouraged to help out as well.
The twins asked various different questions about what school was like for me. The first question was “did you have an interactive whiteboard, Mummy?”
I told them that in my day (does that make me sound old?) we had blackboards and the teachers would write on them with chalk. The twins found this very amusing!
Their next question was “did you have laptops?”
When I left school (1989) we’d got the first and only computer about a year before. There was no internet back then either.
It’s amazing how much things have changed, even in just one generation. The children these days seem to get involved in so much more. There are many things going on such as learning Samba drums and Bollywood dancing (which I’ve been invited to go along to watch next week), and they get given more responsibility.
What else can you remember from your own school days which differs from school today?Google+