What do you see?

When asked the question, 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' What do you see? You seek an answer but archaeologist, artist, writer no longer arrive as easily as once they did. You've waited so long for the future to arrive. It's here. It's now. Time to decide. Fear urges an answer... Continue Reading →

Next time you see a tandem…

Walking. One foot in front of the other. Lost in a world before or after. The jangle of a bell pulls you back to the present. A couple glide by on a bicycle made for two. 'What a romantic way to spend a day.' I didn't think to take a good look at the face... Continue Reading →

Curating what I consume

I recently left behind the land of Twitter with its discriminatory algorithm, warring factions and complex ideas distilled into soundbites with the hope of discovering what might lie on the other side. If we become what we consume then what was I becoming and how might I curate a different diet? Wisdom for life from... Continue Reading →

Fighting the algorithm

August has featured the word 'algorithm' far more than most months in living memory, especially for those of us working in the world of education. Working with and around technology for the last few years has opened my eyes to how easily humans can be dazzled by its 'magic' and the efficient solutions it appears... Continue Reading →

Urgent and important

A continuing journey with workload and delegation. When I was a teacher, I was largely able to dictate my own workload around my timetable; when to set essays and therefore when I'd do marking, how I'd plan lessons and when I'd create resources. The time for this was limited but in some ways, that made... Continue Reading →

On connection and learning in this strange world

Today, I was invited to be on a panel for FutureLearn's Festival of Education. I sat alongside other 'How to Teach Online' course mentors in the form of some extremely wise colleagues. Diana Laurillard, Simon Rofe, Mark Brown and Matt Jenner. Imposter Syndrome hit hard and uncertain, after the event, that I'd expressed my points... Continue Reading →

One foot in front of the other

Growing up, we would walk. Holidays would see us trek from our campsite to not so nearby places for lunch and back again, whatever the weather. Visiting our childhood holiday spots as an adult revealed quite how far our little feet had travelled as my partner yells, 'are we there yet?' and I take on... Continue Reading →

The joy of disconnecting

As I sit under the boughs of a large oak tree, I gaze upwards through the sun-dappled leaves and catch a glimpse of possibility. It's one of those idyllic moments in life that consist of pure and simple joy, at least it is if you can manage to shut out the clang of machinery in... Continue Reading →

Online discussions for learning

At work, I design, create and facilitate online learning for teachers. There are many challenges to be overcome when you're a teacher who's unlikely to meet your learners in person. One of the challenges with which I've been preoccupied of late is the online discussion. On some of our courses, these are vibrant spaces where... Continue Reading →

The right kind of 10% braver?

I’ve realised that for a long time, I was doing 10% braver all wrong. I’m writing this in case some of you are doing it wrong too, whether you’ve realised it yet or not. Following the WomenEd hashtag on Twitter and listening to those I respected around me made me feel as though I was... Continue Reading →

The making of a MOOC

The scenario of being asked to use a virtual learning environment, a set of laptops or devices, or indeed an interactive whiteboard is likely to be a familiar one to teachers. More familiar still might be the expectation that this technology is used in your teaching and the research evidence supporting its effective use is... Continue Reading →

One year on

One year ago, I was leaving a job that had me trapped in a cycle of despair and a fight with values that were not my own. I left this job with a sense of optimism, hope and courage that a few months previously I couldn't have imagined possible. One year on, I feel pleased... Continue Reading →

2018: A year of reading

2018 saw the completion of my library at home and a commitment to more reading. Being an English teacher had lead to far less reading than I had naively anticipated at the start of my career and I looked forward to having more free time to enjoy escaping to far away lands with characters I... Continue Reading →

A Necessary Journey

My awareness of race and the need for representation in both education and society were not inherent in me at an early age, rather it was a slow realisation of what existed around me but not within me. Perhaps the journey I am about to describe is familiar to those of you who don’t have... Continue Reading →

#WomenEd Unconference 4

Today’s WomenEd Unconference was to be an event unlike others I’d attended previously. It wouldn’t be my first, I wouldn’t be presenting, I wouldn’t be attending from the perspective of a middle leader in a college. My resulting pledges and response to the day would be very different from previous events. The start of the... Continue Reading →

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