June 2014

The Bike Track in School Grounds

26 June 2014
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I love stumbling across features in school grounds which make me drool. The dirt bike track at Muirfield Primary School in Aberdeen is one of them.  It is cool…

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The “Sensori” Water Station

21 June 2014
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Children love water play. Recently I attended a wonderful presentation and workshop by the legendary Tom “Sensori” Bedard who is currently touring the UK and Netherlands. He writes the blog Sand and Water Tables. It’s very niche and all about engaging children through well-thought out apparatus and creations at the sand and water trays. I’ve […]

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Dirty Teaching – The Book is Published

19 June 2014
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Today, Dirty Teaching: A Beginner’s Guide to Learning Outdoors is finally published. At the weekend, a few people who were attending Tom Bedard’s Sand and Water Tables workshop, kindly showed me where they could be found reading the book…

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Dirty Teaching – The Acknowledgements

17 June 2014
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Writing a book is a team activity. Whilst the author gets the credit for writing the book, the creating and publishing processes have a depth which can be often missed. In this post I want to give full credit to those people who helped me.

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The Curiosity Shop

15 June 2014
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Do you ever see children interacting with murals on playground walls? Very often murals and boards are a decorative presence rather than a playful presence. They may have originally been a class project. Over the years such projects can loose their meaning to all but those who are involved.

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Snip Snap Snout – My Story’s Out

8 June 2014
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Just before the Easter break, I had the privilege of being part of the I’m a Kid Get Me Out of Here conference organised by Kirklees CC and based at the brilliant Cliffe House – a council run outdoor studies and conference centre. If you click on the link you can find a detailed account […]

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UN World Environment Day – A Child’s Right to a Better World

5 June 2014
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Recently, I was presenting at a Kirklees Council conference, I’m a Kid, Get Me Out of Here, which was based at Cliffe House. This council-run outdoor centre is a wonderful place. Aside from a beautiful location, really quirky dormitories with decent beds and good food, I particularly liked the displays and attention to detail throughout the […]

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