On epidemics, education and connection…

When the World Health Organisation declared that the COVID-19 virus was a global health emergency, a whole manner of elements of daily life got shut down. While the majority of this shut-down and the quarantines are centred on China and the provinces around the epicentre, Wuhan, here in neighbouring Vietnam, we have been feeling the … Continue reading On epidemics, education and connection…

What are you made of? 

Not all girls are made of sugar and spice and all things nice. Some girls are made of adventure, fine beer, brains and no fear. If you were to make a 'recipe for you', what would it contain?  What are the essential ingredients that make you who you are? I read the above quote and … Continue reading What are you made of? 

David’s Story

We know that in adults, if you go to Polmont Prison and you speak to young offenders there who are violent young men, they don’t know any better; they were brought up in a war zone so they are warriors, that is what they do, that’s how they understand life.  - John Carnochan - I … Continue reading David’s Story

The Missing Piece

The world is a giant puzzle that hasn't been put together yet, and we're trying to find the other piece of this puzzle that goes with us - E E Cummings E E Cummings is my favourite poet. His poems and writing talk of the most fragile parts of the human experience, of love and … Continue reading The Missing Piece

Why Early Years?

My career and vocation in life is teaching. Within the world of teaching, my passion is working with early years - the period from birth to around age 8. I have often had colleagues, some of them long-term, highly experienced teachers, say 'Why?' and 'Don't you want to work with the older age-range?'. My answer? … Continue reading Why Early Years?

On attachment, teaching and connections…

This post has been viewed more than 850 times and is by far and away the most viewed on my tiny little corner of the internet. In the post, I talk about attachment and the importance of connection following listening to Dr Suzanne Zeedyk present on the subject. Since posting it last May, my interest and … Continue reading On attachment, teaching and connections…

Behind the Words of a Child

As the children were coming into class this morning, one of the little girls came dashing up to me, desperate to tell me the latest event in her life. Today's event was that she had a new Princess dress and she liked to twirl in it. In swift succession, three more children came to tell … Continue reading Behind the Words of a Child