Because I Can

Student Made

The Digital Shed students made this clip in a couple of days. When I mentioned we needed a clip and I had ran out of time to make one, they happily brought their equipment in from home. Home made green screen sheets, microphones and laptops were used to convert the Co-ordinators office into a little recording studio. They were excited to get to use their equipment for something. I have to remember to ask for help....

We have 34 days to go

Yesterday we launched the crowdfunding project on Pozible. The students worked relentlessly to get a video made after we realised videos were important. I think they have done a great job. They have put so much into this and success with this will make a real difference. It’s really just the beginning of  another mission. We now have 34 days to promote the project. You can see all about it here:   or by...

School Holidays

Classes are finished, reports are written, parent – teacher interviews are complete. I get to experience the pause to restore that comes after the hectic pace of teaching. It is different being on the timetable and teaching in normal mainstream classes to the kind of work I have been doing. I enjoyed being back on the team there. The people I worked with for so many years are like family to me. They were so...

A Walk in the Park

Just got back from a walk through Victory Park. It’s one of the things I most love about living where I do, I’m almost just across the road from a great space. It was perfect weather for a stroll. It always amazes me how empty it is. There is a part with kids play equipment that can get pretty packed, and the soundshell part can attract a crowd when there is an event, but generally there are few there....

What week is this?

I’m not sure what week it is in the school calendar but it was a good one. Lots of students showed up this week and I enjoyed a sense of calm. They worked well together and we had many constructive conversations. This is the place I aim for when I start the year with a group of kids. The feeling that I could walk out of the room and they would all still get along and be kind to one another. This week they...

What is School For? by Seth Godin

There has been enough talk about this kind of stuff. During the week I met a new student and asked how school was for him. He told me he can’t read or write. I asked him if he had facebook. He said he did. I asked him what he did with that seeing that he couldn’t read or write. What was the value of it to him? He could read and write on his phone or on a computer, but he meant he couldn’t write on...

Hurt People Hurt People

“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help.” Thich Naht Hanh I believe this to be true. I have seen a lot more young people this week than I normally do. It is perhaps double. I feel well and truly spent. During my free period today (which is a bit of a joke really), I had a...

Keen to Return

I was eager to return to school today. I haven’t had two weeks holiday for a couple of years and it seemed just a bit too long. I think I better book myself in for an adventure for the summer holidays:). I am keen to continue with my work. I have another student returning to mainstream classes this term. I feel pleased. I saw him today and noted the changes in him. He smiles now. He has a great smile. He is a...

Online is real life

Wednesday night I attended a webinar “Working together, working better to support a young person experiencing cyber-bullying”,  by The Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN).  The speakers were a social worker, a psychologist, a psychiatrist and a GP. The link to the recording is here. During the chat a participant wrote that online is not real life and some agreed. I disagree. That point of...

Since You’ve Been Gone

I can do whatever I want! This is such a sad song. I didn’t get it until I had kids of my own to be honest. When Tom went, I was a sooking mum again. I would start crying at the drop of the hat. I even cried at the shop when my friend Jenny asked how it was having my boy home! I was surprised to be honest. I thought by now I would be used to his comings and goings. It had been a long time since I’d...

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