Category Archives: Blogging

How to Write Tight

“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.” Emily Dickinson I love quotes. They are like little golden nuggets of … Continue reading

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Why am I Hear?*

Disclaimer: Nothing in this blog post is intended to tell you what to think or how to teach. Warning: This blog post contains elements of self-indulgence. I’ve been trying to work out why I blog. It’s not really about marketing, except in a … Continue reading

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Split Personality

The words that you are reading now are me. And yet they are not me. They are ‘me:edited’, if you like. Only a tiny handful of people know the ‘real’ me. The unedited version. My partner, my children, my family … Continue reading

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Nurture 13/14

2013 1. I’m proud about writing my first children’s book: I wanted my daughter to have a book with a strong female lead. So I wrote one. It’s my son’s turn now. Watch this space. 2. I’m thankful that the … Continue reading

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Reading for Pleasure

My nominations for the @edublogs http://edublogawards.com/2013/11/19/nominations/ Best individual blog: @HeyMissSmith http://heymisssmith.blogspot.co.uk/ for being funny, experimental and always nailing it. Best group blog: Jo Baker @jobaker9 http://9picsaday.blogspot.co.uk/ art cubed, art shared, art inspired. Best new blog: Save the Arts in Schools for trying to save the … Continue reading

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The Cult of Clever

1. Only some people can gain entry to The Cult of Clever, but everyone must believe. 2. We have studied at the Special Places. Therefore, we are special. 3. We are cleverer than you. Therefore, we can say what you … Continue reading

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Ten Thoughts for Edu-Bloggers

1. If you refuse to tell me about your background or experiences, then I reserve the right to assume that you are new to the profession with a limited set of experiences. 2. Please don’t use the word ‘best’ if … Continue reading

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Every Teacher a Writer

When you teach, you write with your words (and your body). You weave a story with images, or wrap thinking around a metaphor. You give an explanation, or a guided demonstration. And you use multi-sensory resources to help build the … Continue reading

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50,000 Shades of Grey

‘Only connect.’ E.M. Forster Speaking from the sidelines, the education profession seems particularly divided at the moment. It’s like there are lots of people in a room together, and they’re all shouting at each other from opposite sides of the … Continue reading

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Hiding in Plain Sight

‘In war, truth is the first casualty.’ Aeschylus I’ve been reading a lot of blogs over recent months, and enjoying most of what I read, even when I disagree with the blogger’s opinions. It’s taken me a while, and a … Continue reading

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