Notes from “Taking People with You”

Notes from “Taking People with You”

This book centres around the idea that “You’ll never accomplish anything big if you try to do it alone.” In order to help other people  you need to be yourself; some ideas to be yourself are: Have convictions. Know your stuff. Know your environment. Build Self-Awareness. Be open and honest about what you don’t know. Use positive self-talk and positive thought. Get out of your comfort zone. Help others be themselves by: Believe in All People. Provide individual development plans. Create a Safe Haven. Openly seek knowledge and perspective from others. “I believe leadership is a privilege. I also believe Read more »

Oxford Ed Kerboodle Tree

Oxford Ed Kerboodle Tree

In the month of December Oxford Education gave away 24 free resources. This was one a day as an advent calendar with gifts under the Kerboodle Tree. I have collated the tweets here primarily for my own reference. 1st December On the 1st day of Advent, @kerboodle gave to me…a glaciation animation from geog.1 https://t.co/Va4IzVdHTy pic.twitter.com/rPmB6A8iJV — Oxford Geography (@OxfordEdGeog) December 1, 2016 2nd December Do they know it's Christmas? Here's a free OCR B SoW for development https://t.co/5komIEYg96 #kerboodletree pic.twitter.com/jpgbTNtyGV — Oxford Geography (@OxfordEdGeog) December 2, 2016 3rd December What's the 3rd present under the #kerboodletree? This vintage Geofile Read more »

ChallenGEO – Week 1 – Close to home… #ChallenGEO1

ChallenGEO – Week 1 – Close to home… #ChallenGEO1

Alan Parkinson on his Living Geography blog has launched a ChallenGeo; read more on his blog here (and if you are a geography teacher you should be reading his blog anyway!). The first week’s task is to find a location within five minutes walk from home and take a picture that represents or captures its essence. This was a difficult one – as the tendency would be to take a picture that is beautiful. However I don’t live somewhere that is particularly beautiful. It is a great location – but primarily because of how it is connected to other places. I Read more »

Thinking about 2017 #teacher5aday

Thinking about 2017 #teacher5aday

As 2016 comes to a close I am reflecting on what goals to set for 2017. This Guardian article puts new year’s resolutions in perspective: “If you want to know what matters to people most, you need look no further than surveys of New Year resolutions. These are the top five according to the most recent YouGov poll: 1. Lose weight. 2. Get fitter 3. Eat more healthily. 4. Take more care of my appearance. 5. See more of friends and family. So I think that puts us straight on where friends and family sit in our collective priorities. Also Read more »

Inspiration from ‘It’s a Don’s Life’

Inspiration from ‘It’s a Don’s Life’

I am a regular reader of Mary Beard’s blog – ‘A Don’s Life’, and have read the two books that have been published with excerpts from the book. The ‘It’s a Don’s Life’. If you don’t read the blog I recommend you do: http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/ “I kicked off the very first lecture by handing round a skeletal map of the Mediterranean – and asked them to mark several key places (including Athens, Sparta, Troy, Crete, Rome and Pompeii). The results are collected in for scrutiny, but entirely anonymously. No names are required. The ideas is to demonstrate to the freshers that hey Read more »

Excerpts from Alan Bennett’s Diaries “Keeping on Keeping On”

Excerpts from Alan Bennett’s Diaries “Keeping on Keeping On”

I was drawn to reading the latest excerpt of Alan Bennett’s diaries when browsing at the Idea Store Whitechapel. I found the writing style clear, concise and agreed with his philosophy on life. I have put below some extracts that interested me and will be getting hold of earlier editions when time permits. 15th November 2006 Abu Hamza, the radical cleric, loses his appeal, the only obstacle between him and extradition ot the United States the decision of the home secretary. The judge in the case, Judge Workman, admits that the conditions under which Hamza is likely to be held Read more »

Tony Benn’s Diaries

Tony Benn’s Diaries

Over a few years I have read most of the books that have been written by Tony Benn. Below are some of my notes and thoughts. Part of the Editor’s note, written by Chris Mullin, from ‘Arguments for Democracy’ (1981), sums up Tony Benn quite nicely. “Mr. Benn asks questions that a lot of important and influential people would rather were not raised. Questions which large numbers of people who do not enjoy power or influence are very keen to see raised. What is more, he has not been bough or silenced by office or the prospect of office. I really liked Read more »

Notes from ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life’

Notes from ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life’

This was first drafted just over a year ago – but I never hit the publish button. So it is one of a few posts that I am finally publishing. Notes from ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life’ This is a great autobiography that combines Chris Hadfield’s philosophy on life with his biography. When reading I have distilled some of the advice that Hadfield gives. This is well worth a read. To solve problems Hadfield pictures the most demanding challenges; he visualises what he would need to know and how to do meet it; then he practices until I reach a level Read more »

Key Stage 3: the wasted years? – A Summary

Key Stage 3: the wasted years? – A Summary

In September Ofsted published a report which examined Key Stage 3 provision in secondary schools – this is part of the Ofsted survey and thematic reports; more are available here. This is my summary of this report. “The importance of a good start to pupil’s secondary school education cannot be over emphasised. Leaders of successful schools set the right culture for learning that is embrace by their pupils from the outset.” In 2013/14 HMI reported that primary schools continued to improve but secondary schools had stalled; with one of the contributory factors being poorly handled transition from primary to secondary. Read more »