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Dutiful Obedience Builds Character

I wasn’t able to attend the Character vs Knowledge conference yesterday, but it’s been really interesting to see the debates it has sparked. It got me thinking about the vital role of traditional teaching methods themselves in building character. 475 more words


Come back satisfactory, all is forgiven!

The taking away of ‘satisfactory’ was meant to raise expectations. It was a canny move to signify that things had to get better. Teachers and schools could no longer rest on their laurels. 1,565 more words


Those Pesky Dotted Notes

“No no, dear … it’s One … Two and    …..   One Two and    …..   the dot comes on the second beat.”

The teacher repeats this several times.   719 more words

Nikki Ty-tomkins

The First Blog

Having insisted that I would start a blog at the start of my PGCE, and then vowed that I would at the start of the NQT year, I have finally found myself with the inclination to write something. 511 more words


12 Lessons from 12 Years of Homeschooling

By Keith Speights

I wasn’t always a fan of homeschooling. I believed pretty much every stereotype you might imagine about homeschooling. So, when my wife, Lisa, first talked to me about homeschooling our twin daughters, Hannah and Haley, I was at first skeptical. 1,784 more words


A resident or a visitor

It’s such a relief! It turns out I’m not an outsider after all. (I think I’m the one in the top right corner.)

Prensky’s binary typology of Digital Natives versus Digital Immigrants made me feel ancient and clearly incapable to ever master the intricacies of the digital world. 268 more words

Digital Natives

The Pied Piper of....

“The Pied Piper: Ian Hamlin” is a pencil drawing by Morris Campbell, its one of the artworks in the exhibition of my Wellington students opening on Monday Night at 6pm….it’s a great show and I’d love to see you there – at the Hutt Art Society! 36 more words