Creative Teaching

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Utilising the depth in children’s books

What does it mean to be lost? Lost within life? Within one’s job? Within an organisation? The feelings of abandonment , of feeling lost, of feeling found, run deep in the human psyche. These feelings raise many significant questions about identity, job worth, self -worth, etc. As a precursor to talking about these ideas in … Continue reading

Icebreaker : How we use Instructions.

Here is an activity , a potential icebreaker or team building exercise , which raises lots of interesting questions about how we use instructions – in particular how we deliver instructions and the problems that we can encounter. ( I have taken it from an early version of The Creative Teaching Space on my website). … Continue reading

Framing Your Own Story

Consider this – using an existing archive of photographs to create your own story. How can you use photographs, within a training session, so that participants can isolate and create their own pictures? Easily – by taking an existing archive and framing a scene. By doing so participants can make a meaningful and artistic statement … Continue reading

What metaphor are you going for?

What terms can trainees use to describe learning? What metaphors are we drawn to? Learning as a road, a tree, a building, scaffolding, a journey, a river? Whatever – it is interesting to explain metaphors and to nut out their implicit meanings. What values can be detected? ( Nowadays it is common to refer to … Continue reading

Outside the square – literally.

It’s called ‘thinking outside the square’ yet let’s look at this literally – particularly in relation to photography. How many famous photos that we see are actually cropped images of a much larger scene – sometimes a scene with quite a different meaning? Here is the interesting story behind Weegee’s famous photo The Fashionable People. Turns … Continue reading

Kafka meets Teaching

What an amazing story – yes Kafka is alive in the modern day. Listen here to the story of the Rubber Room – a series of rooms in New York assigned for teachers who have been reassigned out of the classroom for misdemeanours. The amazing fact – many teachers, on full pay , sit in … Continue reading

We learn 10 % of – is this true? Where does it all come from?

I see many graphs on the internet yet stop at times and wonder   ‘okay, interesting ideas, yet where do these come from?’ One example is: How We Learn We Learn 10% of what we READ 20% of what we HEAR 30% of what we SEE 50% of what we SEE and HEAR 70% of what is DISCUSSED with OTHERS 80% of … Continue reading

Engagement – so what is this fickle thing?

I want to raise some questions about engagement. So often I see it being represented as a really complex thing: “Oh you must have flashy Powerpoint presentations, always keep the audience on their toes!” I find this difficult at times. Why must we always go for things that are flashy? Can engagement use simplicity? Let … Continue reading

I wish I had a dollar.

I wish I had a dollar for every time someone has said to me – ” you must be so patient.” This is by far the most common comment I hear when I tell people that I work with students with special needs. I ride the comment. I know that it has nothing to do … Continue reading

That moment of being valued

Here I go again. I really think that the most important dimension of teaching and learning isn’t so much what is learned – neither how it is learned – but the human dimension of that experience. While this may appear contradictory to my focus on student engagement I think that the greatest gift we can … Continue reading