Category Archives: Learning

Now I Have Finally Seen The Light

“I saw Goody Proctor with the devil!” The Crucible There was a strangely febrile atmosphere on edu-Twitter last weekend. People snapping at each other, making bold statements, accusations of bias or rudeness flying around, a general sense of narkiness in … Continue reading

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Sometimes by ‘engagement’ we mean ‘busy’, although just because you’re busy, doesn’t mean you’re moving forwards. You might be busy doing the thing badly. Some skills need you to stay busy to learn them, and for a teacher to watch … Continue reading

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So Over That

The picture above is (I am reliably informed) of a Pokémon character called Oshawott. My daughter drew it for an art competition when she was eight years old. She didn’t win a prize with her picture, but she was so … Continue reading

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A Blunt Instrument

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” Michelangelo I look down at my workbench. I have a number of tools available to me, to make the sculpture happen. I pick up the chisel and the … Continue reading

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Holiday Knowledge

  (Festival Internacional de Jardins 2016, Ponte de Lima) “What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean.” Isaac Newton We know how to jump over a sprinkler, and we are at least Olympic standard at … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget to Have Fun!

I’ve spent the last two days at the stunning St George’s Park, doing some sessions on creativity for the FA. It feels a bit weird to be saying that, but hey, go me! (#10%Braver @WomenEd) I was there to do some … Continue reading

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There are 604,800 seconds in a week. During term times, children spend around 117,000 seconds a week in school. In theory homework might use up another 18,000 seconds each week. If they sleep for 8 hours a night, that uses … Continue reading

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Clap Along

“Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof Clap along if you know that happiness is the truth” Pharrell Williams When Michael Wilshaw appeared at the Education Select Committee this week, he said various things guaranteed to … Continue reading

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If you build it, they will come

Today I had the very great pleasure of presenting at the first NetworkEd conference. Thank you to Nancy Gedge for asking me. She built a conference, and lots of people came. It was lovely to be able to say ‘yes’ to something … Continue reading

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When I listen to music, the music tells me what movements I would need to make, in order to scribe it into dance. Music can also turn into art or writing, but the best fit is dance. When we translate … Continue reading

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