I missed my anniversary. (Freelance anniversary).

I left teaching at the end of June 2017, but my salary stopped at the end of August, so I see 1st September as a key date; last year I was sitting in Dobbie’s coffee shop thinking, ‘this is what the world looks like when you’re not in class…’ I’m going to blog this in two parts; …

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Stop shooting from the hip. Ask a question.

Pope Francis came, met, spoke softly and left. There have been plenty of column inches written and digital footage broadcast over last weekend. Lots of it has focussed not just on the visit, but on the cases of abuse, the church hierarchy’s response and the future of the Catholic church. Rightly so, these are hugely …

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George’s story: To be creative, start with what you have

Recently I reviewed Twyla Tharp’s book The Creative Habit. Creative ideas come from all sorts of places, very often emerging from whatever we are familiar with. This isn’t rocket science. A dancer is going to express his own emotional experience in movement. A writer is going to draw on her own life experience to invent …

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For teachers: A step by step guide how to impress your pupils

I killed a wasp this morning. Not a particularly remarkable feat. To be honest it didn’t present much of a challenge trapped between the window and a BBC Goodfood magazine. Wiping its entrails off the glass, I was reminded of warm September days when the classroom windows were still open, a wasp would fly in, …

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