Author Archives: suecowley

Be A Writer – Part One: Ten Home Truths

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Ernest Hemingway I’ve been meaning to blog on writing for a while, because it’s something I get asked about a lot, via email and … Continue reading

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Swimmers

Babies have a natural affinity with water – they’ve just spent nine months floating in the womb, so a warm swimming pool feels very familiar to them. The advice used to be to wait until your babies had their first … Continue reading

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Making Memories

There are all kinds of ways that you can get yourself to remember things. You can remember things by repeating them over and over again. You can remember things by using clever memory systems like mnemonics, the Roman Room or … Continue reading

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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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