In the spirit of breathing new life into some old draft blog posts, I have resurrected this one from last autumn. This is a post about stories, what they are, why they matter and how they can help. By chance, today is the day the UK officially gives notice to quit the European Union. It is a marker … Continue reading The importance of many stories
Questioning can be very powerful: it can really focus the mind (Kline, 2015). Part of our teaching toolkit will usually include questioning. There has been a lot of emphasis on using questioning effectively in schools over the last two decades and I think we can learn a lot from those efforts in the university sector. … Continue reading …the answer to the question on your mind
This is a short address I gave to an International Women's Day Wikipedia edit-athon on 8th March 2017 at the university where I work, on why Wikipedia matters. We used to say in libraries that if something doesn't appear on the first page of a google results page, it may as well not exist. I … Continue reading Happy International Women’s Day
Feeling rotten, snotty and coughing all over the place. My head is pounding. Horrible cold and flu. But I have had to get a colleague to cover a teaching session this afternoon. Which makes me feel worse. I often think parenting is one long guilt trip. Now I'm thinking teaching may be as well. So … Continue reading Bleurghhh
I have been reading the excellent tour de force that is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. If you haven't read it, do! It is an observant and witty take on what it means to be on the outside of a culture you are now within. The novel focuses on the story of two students, Obinze … Continue reading Americanah and Education
This is a draft of a blog post I wrote ages ago and shelved because it wasn't quite perfect. In the spirit of Brene Brown and perfect being the enemy of done, I've been going through my drafts to get them published. Following on from news reports in the Mirror and Guardian this morning about a … Continue reading What’s wrong with university?
This is probably a slightly misleading title. There's no way I could cover everything teachers could learn from social workers in just one sitting. But there are a few fundamental things. I'm going to make a few generalisations in the course of this post. Please rest assured I do not believe all social workers are … Continue reading What teachers can learn from social workers.