Monthly Archives: October 2015

For whom do we write the (outdoors) curriculum?

Morey Schwartz asked in 2006 (J. CURRICULUM STUDIES, 2006, VOL. 38, NO. 4, 449–457) “For whom do we write the curriculum?” and proposes an interesting model around the “rehearsal curriculum:” “The teacher finds an exciting blueprint in the curriculum that enables … Continue reading

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PGCE Placement – a guest blog

Jen Day (who is to be found here) sent her PGCE students this message at the midweek for their first placement in School Based Training. Without saying much more than I love it, it is reproduced here without comment: Dear PGCEs, … Continue reading

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My Brother Esau

Over a first coffee, I was challenged this morning (this is why I love my job) about whether I would accord some kind of race-memory to the notion of the wild man. I am not at all sure we can … Continue reading

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What to do with a Big Bad Wolf 12:00-13:00

Apparently the talk didn’t go too badly – it certainly was well attended by many admired colleagues from admin and teaching/research teams as well as some amazing visitors. Here are the principal ideas, anyway: There are multiple versions of the … Continue reading

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In my personal opinion, I feel

A particular bugbear stands at my shoulder, and I can’t do much more at this stage than warn the unwary. Here be dragons. Consider this paragraph: In my opinion, when children play outdoors they are getting a lot more out … Continue reading

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Red Riding Hood’s Reality Check

I’m due to give a talk next week, and someone – not unkindly – asked if it would be my “Jack Zipes Shitck.” And actually I’m rather hoping not. What I will be doing is looking at Werewolves – and … Continue reading

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National Poetry Day – one of mine

The Bodleian: Do vobis potestatem legendi for Rick No sacred space this: Theologies of the unspeakable are the subject of catalogues. Reverence gives way to reference, here factories of readers assemble intricacies, spirals of exposition, circuits of illumination, gardeners sweat … Continue reading

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