2020-06-15

LEGO reflections in Higher Education

This is a guest post on the Advance HE website published after I had delivered a successful workshop at the HEA Annual Conference demonstrating how to use LEGO reflections in higher education. Nicole Brown facilitated an interactive workshop at the recent HEA Annual Conference, where participants used LEGO® and a […]
2018-04-09

Using creative methods to support well-being amongst PhD students

This workshop provides attendees with reflective tools to help PhD students understand their innermost emotions, concerns and needs, which is a first step towards developing strategies for well-being.
2018-04-09

Partnership in teacher education

This article is an example of student-staff collaboration within the community of practice of trainee teachers.
2017-11-30

Creative methods – messy data?

This is to stimulate a discussion around boundaries of research, ethics and ownership of "messy data" resulting from creative methods.
2017-08-08

Presentation from the HEA Annual conference

This is my contribution to the HEA annual conference that was held in Manchester in July 2017.
2017-08-01

Presentation from UCL Conference

This is my contribution to the international conference "Connecting Higher Education" held at UCL Institute of Education in collaboration with McMaster University, Canada and University of Adelaide, Australia.
2016-12-30

Learning from the Korean context

This post shows the Korean educational context and how I have discovered that you can be half-way around the world, and yet nothing changes.
2016-08-26

Guest post: So we are all gifted and talented

Having read "Peak" guest blogger Craig Brown argues that gifted and talented provision needs to be reviewed.
2016-06-25

What are “communities of practice”?

Thoughts on what constitutes and characterises communities of practice and what is required to make communities of practice efficient and effective.
2016-05-02

Is flipped learning really all the rage?

In this article about flipped learning I argue that flipped learning should only be used as one teaching method amongst many others.
2016-03-13

Using creative methods to reflect

Producing reflections can be a creative process if we allow for more creative methods, such as Lego models.
2016-01-27

Reflections about plagiarism

Plagiarism is a socio-cultural issue. This is about academic integrity and the reputation of an institution and the degree that is awarded. I would not want to hold an academic degree that is devalued in such way that many people were able to cheat their way through it. This is a reflective piece of writing on plagiarism and what it feels like for an academic.
2016-01-19

Classroom management

The classroom is a place where learning happens and should be encouraged, therefore classroom management relates to the strategies a teacher can use to organise students' learning. According to Garrett (2015) classroom management can be considered in five categories: behavioural management and discipline, the layout of a classroom, rules and routines, the relevance of relationships and the importance of instruction. Good classroom management is proactive and about the students' learning.
2016-01-08

Professional development portfolios

Many teacher training sessions and professional development courses nowadays link to or culminate in the compilation of portfolios. Portfolios are evidences and resources that are gathered and annotated systematically to provide an overview of the teachers' achievements, career events and areas for development. The process of gathering information for the portfolios is an opportunity to take a step back from everyday work to reposition yourself and reconsider your values, your development and your learning. Here is some help for developing portfolios.
2015-12-10

How to make writing more academic

In tutorials students often tell me that they are not confident regarding their writing skills and they ask me how to make writing more academic. Every University, every faculty and even departments will have their own philosophy relating to writing, so these guidelines must be adhered to. However, I personally think that students' attempts to make writing more academic often result in less structured and weaker essays.
2015-11-10

Which kind of teacher are you?

The result of a wide-ranging study provides an insight into the kind of teacher you may be. According to the findings there are four major types of teachers: the idealist, the moderate, the practitioner and the rationalist.