I have a few friends who’ve recently set up schools and it’s amazing how much it costs. I’m talking about overheads and desks but all the other small stuff. Then add on the continual costs and it gets even more expensive.
In a previous post I addressed the possible cost saving of using tablets and wondered if this could be used to save further costs….
I saw one for and then you need pens, lots of them every week also wipers and special cleaning products.
Notebooks for teachers, blank paper for copying and general use
4)Post-its and fancy stuff
Some places like coloured card, paper post-its, drawing pins, pencils, coloured paper, staples, laminated cards etc etc
Then you have subscriptions to journals, magazines, online groups/lesson shares, membership of teaching groups, licences for using software
If it’s an international chain there are also franchisee fees.
The end result?
Lower staff pay. Especially if the school is competing on a price basis but then again does extra stuff=better teaching?
This is what Dogme is based on isn’t it? Getting back to what’s important and eliminating all this other stuff. It’s costly and you need time which should be devoted to the students.
A typical Dogme lesson we see online often just has students on chairs and a teacher with a board or flip chart. Do they need it? Could we just do a lesson vocally? After all, we are all supposed to be focussed on communication and a board automatically evokes ‘teacher-centred lecture syndrome’.
Last week I saw a big touch screen in a shop. Wouldn’t that do? Stick it on the wall, use it as a board, TV, video, internet access point, you could run PPT if you wanted, anything really. Maybe it would cost a lot initially but after 2 years it would be saving you money.
I wonder what teachers would say if you announced that all they would have for teaching was that screen but access to the internet and various links to online materials. I’d be very happy but the average teacher may not.
How about you?
Here some info about touch screens: