Putting the Makar in the Maker Movement

The makar has been an exalted component of Scottish literature and culture for more than 600 years. The makars were the makers of poems, the ancient poets and bards of Scotland. It is a term still in use here today. Skilled poets, we know, do not simply write poetry: they build and shape and rebuild and reshape poems, carefully constructing every syllable, […]

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Teaching Dissent

thanks to Jennifer Murawski for the photo When you look at the long history of man, you see that more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have been committed in the name of rebellion. CP Snow For too many teachers in too many schools around the world, the ideal student […]

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Pedagogy before Technology?
Don’t think so….

There are those who would prefer to pretend otherwise, but developments in the digital and networking technologies over recent decades, developments that are growing faster and deeper with every day that passes, have profound implications for education. The shifting technologies are, I believe, asking hard questions of educationists in relation to their use of basic categories such […]

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Education: not a fixed abstraction

In his book The Long Revolution, in a chapter on ‘Education and Society’, Williams wrote:  …we speak sometimes as if education were a fixed abstraction, a settled body of teaching and learning, and as if the only problem it presents to us is that of distribution: this amount, for this period of time, to this or […]

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Extending the Hidden Curriculum

I have been thinking about the thorny question of curriculum, and about how the best teachers are able to develop their understanding of the complexities of curriculum in order to find the spaces, the interstices between those formal, must-do bits in the curriculum, so that they can enrich the formal with the informal, with the […]

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