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Parenting Skills

.flickr-photo { } .flickr-frame { float: left; text-align: center; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Picture.jpg, originally uploaded by ed.podesta. Sarah pops out to the shops for ten minutes, which gives me a great opportunity to hone my parenting skills. A mere 45 seconds later, this is the result. […]

Daddy by Maddy

.flickr-photo { } .flickr-frame { float: left; text-align: center; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Daddy by Maddy, originally uploaded by ed.podesta. Not been posting much lately, lots and lots of domestic bliss in the way of educational flimflammery. Thought I’d share this picture of me by my three […]

Diploma Finished!

Finally, and due in no small part to the help and guidance from my Supervisor, Anna Pendry, I have finished my PGDES portfolio and handed it in.  Phew! Tell you what, writing in the same house as a  three week old  and a three year old was, well an interesting challenge.  This challenge would’ve been […]

Donald McIntyre

Although I never met him, I was really sad when I was told of the death of Donald McIntyre former head of Cambridge University’s Faculty of Education.  I’ve been reading lots of Professor McIntyre’s work for my diploma, and it was his ideas about embracing the lack of consensus between school and university viewpoints that […]


Meet Iris Elizabeth Podesta 6lb 12oz born 29. Sept 2007 at 21.06

The Problem With Mentors (3)

It suddenly occured to me that I’d not posted what I planned to about mentors. In fact I was writing my lit. review (again!) today, and decided to look at the blog, to see what I thought about mentoring (it’s not so bad when you’re cutting and pasting from the internet, if you’re cutting and […]

Help Wanted.

Compounding my previous sin of "bloggony" (posting about something you’ve posted on another site), I’d like to ask for help. I’ve got a project running at school, in which three ITT students are going to spend three weeks making 9 lesson plans and resources for topics across our schemes of work. These lessons are going […]

Andrew Marr on books and ebooks.

Read the following in an interesting review by Andrew Marr of the iRex iLiad, which is an evocative celebration of the pleasure of reading. All my life I’ve somehow assumed that simply owning books like Tully’s, or the Stalin biography, made me a better person. Well, that didn’t work, but the instinct remains. Which made me […]

When is a theory not a theory?

When it’s merely a belief, according to Wilfred Carr, professor of Education at the University of Sheffield (where I did my law degree many moons ago). I’ve been having an interesting evening reading Carr’s lecture to the2006 Annual Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (hey, it’s Saturday night, what else are you […]

Training with a flourish!

As I drag my weary mental carcass over the putrifying remains of my diploma lit review (it’s been a bad week – decorating, iritis and going back to school have stopped me from enjoying writing my lit review – normally I love this sort of thing). Maybe it’s my poor search skills, but I can’t […]