Category Archives: thinking


Willingham – Smartphones don’t make us dumb

Daniel T. Willingham, (@DTWillingham) author of books that I have not yet read (yet), has an interesting opinion piece in the NYT (here).  He writes in answer to those fears that we all have that ubiquitous internet, social media and videos about cats falling off televisions are somehow making us less intelligent.  I have certainly felt […]

Made Good Bikes

Isn’t it funny…

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…” ― C.S. Lewis

GCSE results: headteacher attacks Michael Gove over marking butchery | Education | The Guardian

GCSE results: headteacher attacks Michael Gove over marking butchery | Education | The Guardian. ‎ “Grade boundaries can change from exam series to exam series. Decisions on grade boundaries are made after the assessments have been taken, based on all the available evidence. In the summer, more information was available about performance across the qualification […]

T S Eliot and Modernism

This week being the holidays I have some time to sit and think (a little). As ever in these moments, when lack of work forces me to try to remember what I’m interested in, I turn to Radio 4. I’d pay three times the Licence Fee just to keep listening to Radio 4. Two highlights […]

The neuroscience of Bob Dylan’s genius

Got to love The Guardian. The neuroscience of Bob Dylan’s genius

The right to chase someone into the street and beat them? Look, I’ve never been in this position, and I don’t know how I would react if this happened to me, but I’m damn sure that I don’t want to live in a country where people can be chased into the street and beaten by members of the public, no matter what those people have […]

I remember when all this was chariot racing…

Whilst reclining in a very hot (and very well deserved) bath, reading A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, Romances and Inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century I came across the following (slightly edited by me) “As soon as wealth came to be a mark of distinction and an easy way to renown […]

Happiness is… drafting in mechanical pencil

A warm fuzzy feeling. Reaching the end of the writing of the first complete draft of the lit. review of second Warwick assessment. Another couple of hours and I’ll get to work on the references. I’m starting to fall into a pattern, typing in the morning the stuff I’ve scribbled the night before. Gives me […]

Leadership, that was that… what have I learned? Part One – managing the OCR Nationals in ICT.

I have been a head of department for the last 6 months, following on from being a second in the history department and, before that, running a small but very successful team of General Studies teachers. I’m reading a lot about leadership online at the moment, and about reflection (working on second assessment for the […]