Living without?

April 1, 2020 0

Living without? Living the day without the rest of the world – when we included in our book this tried and tested activity devised by Oxfam back in the late 80s, little did I think I would actually be trying to do it. But now I am in many ways, as are most of us. […]

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Covid-19 and schools

March 27, 2020 0

Covid 19 and schools I am involved with a Multi-Academy Trust in a very deprived inner-city area.  I am concerned about all families at this time, but my sleepless nights are focused on our children in our community. Over the last few days, the Trust Board, headteachers and all other school-based staff have had to […]

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Let us not forget

March 23, 2020

Let us not forget Am I too self-absorbed? I have been thinking a lot about how the corona virus (just think, most of us never even knew that word at the start of the year) is affecting me, my family, my friends around the world. However, two things have hit me in the past twenty-four […]

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How are you feeling?

March 20, 2020

How are you feeling? Somebody asked me that this morning and I stopped to think. How do I feel? Confused, was the first word that came to mind. Unmotivated, uncreative. I want to do practical things: painting, sanding, repairing, mending, constructing. I can’t write. I feel I should be writing wise words, stimulating stories, inspirational […]

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Preparing for futures unknown

November 6, 2019 0

Preparing for futures unknown “Knowledge is changing so fast that we cannot give young people what they will need to know because we do not know what it will be” Guy Claxton. This, by now, well-known quote in many ways sums up the challenges faced by education today. From a personal point of view, it […]

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It is finished!

March 14, 2019 0

It is finished! Last week, Values and Visions went to press. After three years of writing, editing, drafting, re-drafting, sourcing images, seeking permissions trialling, adjusting according to feedback and everything else that you forget goes into producing a book of this type, Values and Visions was dispatched last week to become an e-book and a […]

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A New Year’s Message to Inspire

January 9, 2019 0

A New Year’s Message to Inspire This week I received the new year’s message from Avaaz, an organisation I support and greatly admire. Their message could have come straight out of Values and Visions. Ricken Patel says, “Powerful forces are moving in our world. It feels like much is waiting to be born, both great […]

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A Practical Tool for Living in a Volatile World

September 23, 2018 1

A Practical Tool for Living in a Volatile World “One autumn morning the wind had blown all the leaves off the trees and was trying to blow the branches off. Piglet’s ears streamed behind him like banners. ‘Mind you don’t get blown away, little Piglet.’ said Eeyore. ‘You’d be missed”“ (Milne, A. A., 1979). Right […]

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Building community in your classroom

September 15, 2018 0

Building community in your classroom It was the first advisory of the year: Forty minutes to spend with the group of grade 7s (year 8s) I would see every morning for registration. I wanted us to bond as a class, feel part of a team; in short, become a community. In Values and Visions we […]

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Potatoes and Plates: An Affirming Start to the New Year

September 1, 2018 0

Potatoes and Plates: An Affirming Start to the New School Year We all want to know our new students’ names and have creative ways of doing this. My favourite, however, is a classic Values and Visions activity (from our section on SELF). I have been using it for years and find the students love it. […]

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