Category Archives: Understanding Education

Skimming and immersion in reading…

Also thought-provoking: “What’s important is that they [bookshops] survive, along with libraries, as brick-and-mortar entities. It’s crucial that they’re part of the visible fabric of our lives, as much for this generation as future ones. We learn by what we … Continue reading

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The importance of browsing

I found this thought-provoking and convincing: Children’s writer, Jacqueline Wilson, observed: “I think bookshops and libraries are vital. It seems so sad that so many libraries have been closed down and so many bookshops have disappeared. If children can’t see … Continue reading

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Oh fantastic

http://www.upworthy.com/a-new-kind-of-kindergarten-design-encourages-kids-to-be-their-silly-selves

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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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Cell Biology

Just an aside – this is a good little book: Cell Biology, by Aubrey Stimola (Rosen Publishing, New York, 2011, part of the Science Made Simple series). It works many metaphors into the discussion, but they are all common to … Continue reading

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The medium is the massage

“Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication. The alphabet, for instance, is a technology that is absorbed by the very young child in a … 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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the visual metaphor of Edward Gorey – an analysis

Examining “the manipulation of visual metaphor in the cartoons of Edward Gorey,” Victor Kennedy once wrote that “Like verbal metaphor, visual metaphor may be analyzed using I. A. Richards’s categories of tenor, vehicle, and ground. Gorey’s fictional world is dark, … Continue reading

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WHO Global recommendations on physical activity for health

http://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/factsheet_recommendations/en/

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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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