Author Archives: suecowley

Working with the Enemy

I have a confession to make. I have taken my children out of school for educational reasons. Personally I’d never do it just ‘to go on a holiday’, especially not to Disneyland (which they’d hate anyway). Even though we have … Continue reading

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A Baseline

“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.” Rainer Maria Rilke Yesterday I was over at the allotments, and I was lucky enough to bump into the preschool children, who were doing their Thursday forest club. … Continue reading

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The Pause, The Look, and The Deadly Eyebrow

One of the odd things about being a teacher is that your teaching behaviours can begin to bleed over into your home life. You act a lot at work so you find yourself doing it when you’re not being paid … Continue reading

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You Have a Choice

You have a choice. Well, we don’t really. That’s what you choose to call it, but in the end there’s only one school that we can get our children to, realistically. You have a choice. There’s public transport. That doesn’t … Continue reading

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Join the Dots

.       .       . .       .       . .       .       . Join all the dots using only 4 straight lines and without taking your … Continue reading

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Won’t Get Fooled Again

This morning I was ambling through my Twitter timeline in my usual half awake Monday state, when I stumbled across the following tweet: More thoughts on this picture and my tweet about it.https://t.co/OxdiYhIsbh pic.twitter.com/d7nZbWlZLj — Doug Lemov (@Doug_Lemov) March 5, … Continue reading

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Just Imagine

Dressing up for World Book Day in schools seems to split opinion right down the middle. Some people love it, and go all out to take part and to think up a costume. Other people hate it. They don’t like … Continue reading

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