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Back to School – Engaging with the NEW NORMAL

I presented my personal experiences of going back to school as part of a webinar organised by the University of Glasgow. Three key themes dominate my reflections: 1. plan for uncertainty 2. be collaborative and creative 3. be kind.

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The Loneliness and Resilience of the Long Distance Teacher

Dr Jennifer Chang Wathall has devised a 4 stage model for eLearning which I’ve found particularly helpful on reflecting on my journey with online learning so far.

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Tips from a teacher: How to homeschool your kids while working during a global pandemic

As UK schools prepare for mass closures, one international teacher shares the challenges he has faced with virtual and home learning

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Address to a Hambo: my dad

A speech delivered on the occasion of Hamish Fraser McLauchlan’s 80th Birthday Saturday 6th October 2018 Glenesk Hotel, Edzell My dad… Hamish is many things to many people. He’s ‘Hamish’ or ‘darlin’ to my mum. The ‘bunker’ to customers past and present. ‘Grandpa Bum’ to Rosalyn and Jamie. ‘My secret tartan love terrier’ to TV chef […]

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Children's Books Reviews

The Secret of the Kelpie

The Secret of the Kelpie by Lari Don My rating: 4 of 5 stars Stunning illustrations and a story that doesn’t shy away from the darker elements of the Scottish myth of water horses. Wee Flora is an inspired little character and reminded me of Small from Levi Penfold’s Black Dog. Secret of the Kelpie […]