Tag Archives: Higher Education

HE and EY – what really makes for quality teaching?

Some while back I made a point about how cycling might be underpinned by similar principles to the key themes of EYFS, and it reminded me of how often I made a similar point about teaching in Early Years and … Continue reading

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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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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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Polonius

It is always a bit tricky to give people advice when they start a a new venture. It is parodied in Hamlet (Act 1 sc 3) like this: And these few precepts in thy memory Look thou character. Give thy … Continue reading

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Transcription

Today’s incident about Biscuits raised an interesting issue about transcription. It’s clear as you read it that I’ve clarified the diction – but what convention might I employ to be absolutely clear about what has been said: “G’an’pa” for “Grandpa,” or … Continue reading

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Reimagining Spirituality

Sometimes blogging takes off. In this case, Lindsay Jordan, a fellow academic and doctoral student’s reflection on the philosophy of education – sometimes hers, sometimes more generally – produces some really worthwhile stuff.  Go and have a look: she makes a good … Continue reading

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Evaluation stumble

Last week I wrote a Moodle Book. If you don’t know what that is, well, the way I used it, it’s a sequence of pages in a tool on the Brookes Virtual Learning Environment that has allowed me to set up … Continue reading

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Beyond the Motivational

This from Carl Hendrick is such a good blog post I have to point to it, even if my comments after it are lightweight. “This type of stuff is obviously well intentioned but beyond symbolising a culture that privileges the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Leadership, Management and Ethos

A colleague of mine, an expert in how groups and professionals communicate, once asked me what I felt makes a good leader. I gave her a copy of the Rule of St Benedict.  Oxford Brookes, as I write, is searching … Continue reading

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Work in a Chill Month

There is the story that someone is admitted to Hell and is allowed their choice – one choice, and for ever – of punishment. It’s all very Hieronymous Bosch until the man finds a room in which everyone is sitting … Continue reading

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