We are often encouraged to model a piece of writing; to show students how to write in a particular way. We should, indeed, act as role models for our students. And we learn from watching others at work. There’s the hitch. Writing is a messy and unpredictable thing. We often worry about our students spotting … Continue reading Here’s one I made earlier
In the nineteenth century, women were allowed to go out cycling. It became a popular pastime. It wasn’t all plain sailing, though. Women were expected to behave themselves and certainly not act in an unladylike way. . The New Times published a list of ‘Don’ts for women riders’. Here are some examples from the list: Don’t … Continue reading Don’t!
The Pedagogy of Listening. The Listening Perspective from Reggio Emilia.I would like to draw your attention to this article written by Carlina Rinaldi and found here: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/526fe9aee4b0c53fa3c845e0/t/540fce31e4b00c94d884e002/1410321969279/Pedagody+of+Listening+-+Rinaldi+-+Fall+2001.pdf Carlina Rinaldi conceives school as a place that can play an active role in our search for meaning; where both adults and children seek individual and shared meanings; … Continue reading The Pedagogy of Listening
It’s a word collecting day. I have younger children in mind, but we all love words that sound well in the ear. There is always room for a list of words. Once you start writing them down, more spring to mind and before you know it you have a story or a poem, a song … Continue reading Tittle Tattle
You may have made a list of words that sound like each other and like to go around in pairs [see Tittle Tattle, January 20th2021). That list will come in handy if you would like to compose a counting or a counting out rhyme. Here’s one from the Caribbean: Abna Babna Lady-Snee Ocean potion Sugar … Continue reading Onery twoery
Sometimes you can have lots of ideas for poems and stories but it’s hard to write them all down. It may be hard to hold that long pencil. You may not be able to form all the letters. You may not know how to spell words. And it can be exhausting to have to think … Continue reading Writing it down
A French writer called Georges Perec loved to write lists of things. He once wrote down everything that he ate and drank in one year. He also sat in a café and wrote down everything that he could see from there. Choose a room in your house, perhaps the room where you sleep, and see … Continue reading An inventory
Today’s list is all about food. Think about what you really like to eat. What would be your ideal banquet? What food do you choose when you can? What food have you never eaten but would like to try? What food have you eaten in different places that you would like to be able to … Continue reading A feast!
Here’s another page or three in your Book of Myself. Think about the clothes that you wear and clothes that you have worn in the past. Make a list of clothes from your life. What do you remember? What was comfortable? What not so comfortable? What clothes did you really like to wear? Make a list of … Continue reading Fashion notes
Make a list of people who are important to you; people who you like to spend time with, people who you like to have in your life. They may be family or friends or people who you don’t know so well, but are still important, like a teacher, or the lady with old dog who … Continue reading My People