Category Archives: Literate Contexts

Child and wild animal – food for thought

“During nearly all the history of our species man has lived in association with large, often terrifying, but always exciting animals. Models of the survivors, toy elephants, giraffes and pandas, are an integral part of contemporary childhood. If all these … Continue reading

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When children have agency in their play

“When children have agency in their play, they learn to have agency in their lives.” ~ Cas Holman Just reading a particularly interesting article, ‘The Case For Letting Kids Design Their Own Play’ – by Cas Holman  http://www.fastcodesign.com/3048508/the-case-for-letting-kids-design-their-own-play She writes: … Continue reading

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It’s a good question

Many moons ago, but in an influential piece of writing, R Bishop and T Glynn write: “Whose interests and agendas is the education system established to promote? In New Zealand Maori people have been denied participation in the decision-making systems … Continue reading

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Emotional geographies

Introducing a special issue on emotional geographies, Joyce Davidson & Christine Milligan explain: “Recent years have witnessed a welling-up of emotion within geography, a surge of interest reminiscent of the fascination and exploration of embodiment that characterized much social and cultural geography over … Continue reading

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stories help us gain entrance

“Through the ages, stories have helped us gain entrance into the larger communities of the world. Today, fewer of us grow up in story-rich environments. A society impoverished of stories is insecure in its links to past, present, and future.” … Continue reading

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Margaret Mahy Starlight Essay and Poetry Competition

http://www.phys.canterbury.ac.nz/starlightfestival/poetry.shtml Margaret Mahy Starlight Essay and Poetry Competition Students in Years 5-8 and 9-13 are invited to submit an essay of not more than 600 words or a poem of no more than 40 lines by Monday 10th August 2015 … Continue reading

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what language wires in to us

Another very interesting interview with Moshe Feldenkrais: “When the brain comes into the world, it is fit to do only what any animal brain can do: it attends to breathing, to digestion, to the automatic processes of the body. Beyond … Continue reading

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On the primacy of hearing

In an essay titled, ‘On the Primacy of Hearing,’ (first published, 1976) Moshe Feldenkrais writes: “In the darkness of human fetal existence, there is little likelihood that seeing takes place. But even though there is no seeing, there is hearing. … Continue reading

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Leadership is like tending a fire

“Leadership is like tending a fire. You unearth the embers and add the fuel to bring them to life and make the fire grow.” ~ Amelia Folaumahina, Principal of Tonga High School Science For Citizenship, p.15 New Zealand Education Gazette … Continue reading

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Doubt and science – the politics of doubting climate change

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/writers/audio/2493432/michael-king-memorial-lecture-on-science-and-doubt Very interesting! Michael King Memorial Lecture: on science and doubt Originally aired on Writers and Readers Festivals, Sunday 17 July 2011 There’s no denying “doubt” is crucial to science and drives it forward, but it also makes science, and … Continue reading

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