Here is today’s story from my never-ending note book and everlasting coloured pencil ! Comfort Zones Two seeds lay in a shallow depression in the field where the farmer had thrown them. As the autumn days passed, birds searching for worms, and the wintry wind, loosened the earth, which slowly began to cover them. Patiently […]
Ger Graus is a renowned figure in the field of education where he is currently Director of Education for KidZania. Previously, he was the Founder of the Children’s University Trust. I ask Ger what he means by ‘Children Can Only Aspire To What They Know,’ & how can we as parents, help our kids learn about the world […]
My frank interview with Dr. Lynne Kenney – a practicing paediatric psychologist in Scottsdale, AZ with advanced training in forensic psychology and developmental paediatrics. She is the author of Bloom Today on #Bloombrainsmarts the UK’s respected parenting expert Sue Atkins and I have a frank conversation about helping complicated, intense, or behaviourally disruptive kids in […]
On Tuesday 3rd May tens of thousands of parents are going to keep their kids at home and do fun educational activities to make the Government aware of how children are being robbed of the joy of childhood & their right to play. I can only say that I am so glad I left teaching […]
Teaching has turned into a horror show and I for one think it is difficult to comprehend the government’s stupidity over testing in schools.
I can only say that I am so glad I left teaching 10 years ago as I just watch in horror at my friend’s stress levels as they continue to battle the obsession with data driven, stress imbued, teaching and learning. Stressed teachers create stressed learning environments so children as young as 5 equate learning […]
As a former Deputy Head teacher I read with interest this research in Slate showing how teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire. I was recently in a Primary School running my Confidence Classes for Kids Workshop ( tell your school about them as I’ll happily pop along ) where they had decided […]
I am delighted to have connected with Seamus Lusk on Twitter as Impetus Engagement and here is a response to an article I wrote about Saying “NO” to your children with confidence. “Sue Atkins helps many parents understand the intricacies of handling children. Her useful advice eases issues parents can encounter. On her website, […]
The New York Times has been running articles examining the effectiveness of what people call e-learning in US schools. In a nutshell, they have found little or no evidence that it boosts students’ grades, despite a widespread belief by schools that it does. Schools it appears invest in expensive digital learning aids in the hope that […]
Mobiles are commonplace in secondary schools, but what do YOU think about them being used for teaching?
Mobiles are commonplace in secondary schools, but can they be used for teaching? Find out on the Guardian Teacher Network this week. Mobile phones can be used effectively for learning. Photograph: Manu Fernandez If there’s one thing you’ll find in the pocket or bag of every young person in secondary school, it’s some kind of […]
Primary school pupils who use mobile apps on iPads, iPhones are performing better in school, research reveals
In a busy, hectic, stressed filled world of trying to get children interested in learning and being curious about the world, we need to engage them in new ways, and what better way than to download the Smartphone Apps by the Encyclopædia Britannica. In the latest survey by the Encyclopædia Britannica a staggering 93% […]