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Digital Privacy

This tweet provoked a really interesting and helpful debate about digital privacy. https://twitter.com/athole/status/720345548780244992 I have been acutely aware of the many school Twitter feeds publishing names and images of pupils together. And this left me uneasy. I have experience of using blogs and blogging with classes since 2007. My class even won a competition way […]

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Blog Outdoor Learning

I saw the wild geese flee

This post started life as part of my own reflections of how better to tell stories and ‘capture’ and ‘record’ the spontaneity of outdoor learning. On Easter weekend¬†the family was up north staying with my folks in the wee Angus village of Edzell. On the Monday we visited St Cyrus beach and nature reserve, a […]

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Blog Professional Learning

A Whole Lotta Roses

On Saturday I awoke with the birds at 4.30 to catch the 5.40 Manchester train to attend Primary Rocks LIVE. A teaching conference. In Manchester. On your day off. Are you mental?¬†Maybe a little bit. But it was worth it. There was free ice-cream and everything. I started following @primaryrocks1 on Twitter about a year […]

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Blog Reading

To Kill A Mockingbird

Reading To Kill A Mockingbird as a teenager was a seminal moment and awakening for me as a young man. It was the book that helped bridge the gap between teen and adult fiction. I was still pulp reading the likes of James Herbert and Stephen King but discovering Harper Lee led me to discover […]

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Blog Literacy

Tell Me Questions

One of my ‘go to’ thinking skills and discussion tools is a PPSS grid. Puzzles, Patterns, Similarities and Surprises. It is adapted from ‘Tell Me’, the seminal book about reading and book talk written by Aidan Chambers. The original analysis grid has Likes, Dislikes, Puzzles and Patterns. I find it a simple yet powerful way […]