Learning through looking!

The definition of teaching is ‘Impart knowledge or skill; give instruction to’ (Oxford dictionary 1966) That presumes action, interaction & ‘doing something. In his really interesting article ‘Just Watching’ Oliver Quinlan explores the need teachers seem to have to constantly engage with pupils. As a head teacher I had the privilege of going into classrooms

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Laying Foundations!

One of the most exciting and new things for me when I became head of a primary school (See here) was the fact that I had children from 3-7 to look after. Apart from worrying that I might step on the nursery children (!), my other concern was that I knew very little about what was done ‘down there’ I […]

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What did you learn today?

When I was at school, the teachers were expected to teach me the ‘three Rs’. For those youngsters amongst you that is Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.  Whichever way you look at it, that is wrong in the literate package of reading, spelling & speaking & listening! I never understood how that set a good example for the teaching and learning […]

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