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What do we want from our children’s education

What do we want from our children’s education

I am grateful to John Connell for drawing my attention to the results of a recent survey of parents in the US.  According to the report “Eighty-eight percent of voters say they believe that schools can and should incorporate 21st century skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving skills, computer and technology skills, and communicationRead more about What do we want from our children’s education[…]

How important is it to eat breakfast?

How important is it to eat breakfast?

I cannot start the day without eating a bowl of cereal. Good, slow release carbs to keep me going through the morning are a must for me. I have lost count of the number of people who say things like “I never have time..” or “I can’t face eating at breakfast time.” Each to their own.

I posted a while back about helping out in the Breakfast Club at school. Last night I went to the launch of an action plan to provide breakfast for every child in primary school ( 5-11) in Edinburgh sponsored by one of the main football teams in the city and a major insurance business. The purpose of their involvement serves both sides – gains valuable public awareness of their business links with the community and provides breakfast for children at no cost to their families. Read more AboutHow important is it to eat breakfast?

Struggling with the communication tools

Struggling with the communication tools

I have now been working at Forthview Primary School for 3 weeks and I am having a great time. I am on a very steep learning curve -that’s the point. I realise now that the nature of what is going on in a school means that you have to stop doing something and switch seamlessly to something else – all the time. That’s fun!

The biggest frustration for me is not being able to navigate my way round the sources of information available. City of Edinburgh Council is of course a large and widespread organisation and there will be access to more information than I will ever need. Maybe that is the problem.

The challenge with information sources – especially using the internet  – is to sift through what is there and get what you set out looking for.

Quickly and efficiently.

It’s just not happening for me. I can’t remember a time when I have pushed so many notes round and round without being able to actually do something with them! Read more AboutStruggling with the communication tools