Category Archives: Knowledge

How to Learn to do Something that you Find Really Difficult

One of the trickiest bits of being a teacher is that you are usually very good at the things you are trying to teach. It is hard, therefore, to figure out how to teach it to someone who doesn’t find … Continue reading

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My Common Core

Here is some of the knowledge that my schooling didn’t teach me, but that I have found useful or of interest (and have acquired via books, experience and asking people) in later life. Seeing as my ‘core’ is different to … Continue reading

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My Children Eat Books

My two children eat books and can spit knowledge at you like it is going out of fashion. Between them, they can tell you everything you could ever care to know about space, planets, dinosaurs, birds, sharks, growing vegetables, the … Continue reading

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Making my own Mistakes

I love these words: learning, experience, complexity, uncertainty, experimentation, creativity, communication, language, children, family, love, community, connections, commonsense, intuition, emotion, engaged, sideways. These words are popular right now: certainty, knowledge, rigour, measure, progress, evidence, data, outstanding, standards, efficient. We are … Continue reading

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Another Brick in the Wall

Welcome to the Learning Factory. Leave your sense of humour at the door. Wipe the joy off your feet before you enter. Wash the fun off your hands and use the gloves provided. Read the Rules of the Learning Factory … Continue reading

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The Mr Men Wars: Does Creativity Matter?

There’s a lot of debate at the moment about what might be termed ‘creative’ teaching methods. The ‘Mr Men Wars’, you could call it. On the one side, are those who believe that any attempt to make learning fun, or … Continue reading

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Trying to Catch Butterflies

It takes all kinds of progress to make a world. And at the centre of it all is the child. Everything we do must be done to improve things for the child, otherwise it’s completely pointless. If you think back to your … Continue reading

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