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Turkey: An Education

It will be just over 23 years ago that I first tried traditional Turkish food whilst on holiday with a friend.   I had never visited a Turkish restaurant and actually don’t think there was one in Edinburgh at the time … Continue reading

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Should We Set?

One of the controversial issues in teaching is whether classes should be set or not. Should a school, or a department, using a narrow selection criteria of academic attainment, organise its pupils into classes where there will be a marked … Continue reading

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Interview of Graphic Novelists Metaphrog

  Strange Weather Lately: An Interview with metaphrog by Maxwelltown High pupils and Louise Walker, English Teacher Metaphrog is the pseudonym of writer John Chalmers and artist Sandra Marrs. Together they are the authors of a series of graphic novels … Continue reading

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Christmas Post

The festive season has been and gone and like most people it tends to be rather busy and these past four weeks have no exception and have been a whirlwind for me. The first week I spent in bed with … Continue reading

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John Galt – forgotten writer of Scottish Literature

The Scottish Qualifications Authority is looking for novels, plays and poems by Scottish writers for the ‘Scottish Question’ that will comprise part of the new English Higher examination. Most of the names on the list up for consideration so far … Continue reading

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Is technology the answer?

Is technology the answer to improving education? The technology revolution characterised by the internet, social networks, smart phones, ipads and smart boards promises much when it comes to education. In my own subject, English, with its crucial connection to literacy, … Continue reading

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Christmas past…

This weekend we hung up our advent calendar and filled it with chocolates for the kids. Although they are now both 14 and 18 it still feels right to keep this tradition going.  It is also the appropriate time of … Continue reading

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The Factory School

Ken Robinson is a world famous educator whose talks are watched by the million on youtube. He travels all around the world giving lectures on the education system and if he’s not doing a TED talk then he’s at a … Continue reading

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The Teenage Brain

The Teenage Brain -  a mystery inside a puzzle inside an enigma. ‘What is going on in there sometimes?’ parents, teachers and even teenagers themselves must think. It astonishes most adults as to how the young 11 year old they … Continue reading

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Honestly!

“Honestly………….all you have to do is plug the flippin’ machine in mother!”  said my rather irate and tired daughter as she flounced out of the kitchen to do something far more important than plug in the pannini machine to make … Continue reading

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