Category Archives: Pedagogy

Early Years Play is …

It would be hard to overstate the importance of brilliant early years practitioners when using play to support children’s learning and development. Early years play is … * carefully structured to ensure conceptual development in all areas of the curriculum; … Continue reading

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What Does a Three Year-Old Know?

Tiny children are amazing. Their brains are so pliable. They soak up knowledge like a sponge. The knowledge isn’t in books, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. What we learn in the first three years are the most important … Continue reading

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This is How I Teach

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Experience, think, read, write, more experience, more thinking, more reading, more writing. Start again at experience. I teach teachers. It’s my job alongside writing books and … 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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Talking about Voice

Sometimes in teaching, we can’t see the wood for the trees. Voice is one of those things that we stop seeing, or asking about, because we’re too busy worrying about subjects, and knowledge, and skills. Sometimes we need to take … Continue reading

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In Praise of Teachers

I wanted to balance out all the negativity with a bit of praise. Things are heated in education right now. But in the thick of it are hundreds of thousands of great teachers doing their best, day after day, week … Continue reading

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