Category Archives: Pedagogy

Remembering C. A. (‘Dinger’) Bell

My English teacher in 1965, C.A. (‘Dinger’) Bell, was a man of few words, and I remember only four of them being addressed to me. “Not without merit, Shann,” he said one day as he handed back a piece of … Continue reading

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ELPC 4: And finally, a rubric

This morning I’ve been working on a rubric for the journals referred to in the earlier posts in this series. I don’t like marking with rubrics (but then I don’t like marks much!), but I do find rubrics useful as … Continue reading

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ELPC Part 3: Redefining writing? What next!

I used to think that I worked best on my own, down at the coast with my own emerging thoughts and the world shut out. It was never true, I now realize. Even when I was writing my PhD thesis … Continue reading

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ELPC Part 2: Inching towards a more charged focus question

So. Here I am, at the coast on my own for three days. Time to think and read and write. Bliss. It’s 7.30 at night and I’ve finished dinner (but still got my apron on); a salmon and bean frittata … Continue reading

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ELPC Part 1: A fertile research question

When it comes to learning something new, just listening to an expert is usually not enough. Nor is passively reading. Usually we need to do something, to actively construct the knowledge ourselves, from a number of different sources and for … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on the fly

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. A lot has happened, is happening, and I keep trying to find time to write about it. There’s no substantial time right now, with journals to read, schools to visit and lessons to … Continue reading

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The teacher as Napoleon Bonaparte!

I’ve been reading an entertaining essay by Neil Postman called ‘The educationist as painkiller’. He writes: … there is nothing worse than ignorance on the subject of education. This is so because the subject of education claims dominion over the … Continue reading

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