Category Archives: Creativity

Feel the Fear

I’m told by some very intelligent people that creativity is about having lots of knowledge and plenty of technique. But every time I hear this, I shake my head in exasperation. Don’t get me wrong, knowledge is important in creativity, because … Continue reading

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Where Does Creativity Come From?

The creative impulse is what moves the human race forwards, and so it’s hardly surprising that we find the question of where it comes from endlessly fascinating. Some people say that creativity comes from having lots of knowledge. It’s certainly true … Continue reading

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Burning Down The House

“I’m an ordinary guy. Burning down the house.” The subject of creativity is endlessly fascinating (to me, at least). How does it happen? How do we do it? Why do some people do it well, while other people don’t? With … Continue reading

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We All Line Up

There are many reasons why we need to use routines in our teaching spaces. Routines are a helpful ‘shorthand’ for getting things done quickly and efficiently. Routines help us ensure that the children are safe, and that there is a … Continue reading

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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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Play is …

It would be hard to overstate the importance of play in children’s learning and development. Play is … * the way that children interact with and consequently learn about their world; * vital for developing language and acquiring new vocabulary; … Continue reading

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Fluffy Ducks All in a Row

In the early years we have a term: ‘Fluffy Duck Syndrome’. It is very useful to understand what this term means when discussing the ‘best’ methods for young children’s learning. ‘Fluffy Duck Syndrome’ describes a situation where the adults decide … Continue reading

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Send in the Clowns

Becoming a great teacher is hard won. You can’t reduce it to a set of formulas or put it on a spreadsheet. You can’t sum it up in a database, or map it in a study. You can’t say ‘just … Continue reading

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The Spark

Where does creativity come from? Earlier this week I was driving my kids into school, when bang! the idea for a book series dropped, fully formed, into my head. I opened my mouth and the title of the book came out. I … Continue reading

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Come and Have a Go

The ‘hardest’ thing I have done in my entire life was to train and work as a professional dancer. Harder than writing 20+ books; harder than working as a teacher in a really, really tough school; harder even than childbirth. When … Continue reading

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