Clishmaclaver – Brechin High Library Blog

February 21, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Word of the Week!

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Concrete   ˈkɒŋkriːt/

Adjective –

  1. Existing in a material or physical form; not abstract.

Sample sentence: “concrete objects like stones”

Synonyms: solid, material, real, physical, tangible, touchable, tactile, palpable, visible, existing

“concrete objects”


Noun –

  1. A building material made from a mixture of broken stone or gravel, sand, cement, and water, which can be spread or poured into moulds and forms a stone-like mass on hardening.

Sample sentence: “slabs of concrete”


Verb –

  1. Cover (an area) with concrete.

Sample sentence: “the precious English countryside may soon be concreted over”

  1. Archaic form – (something) into a mass; solidify.

Sample sentence: “the juices of the plants are concreted upon the surface”

February 21, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Update: Professional Reading Group

Homework for the Professional Reading Group is – read Chapter 7 of James Nottingham’s ‘Challenging Learning‘; due next week! 😉 Please find a PowerPoint of chapter 7 for your reading pleasure and convenience; just click on the thumbnail.

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For more information, click on the icon and link to James’s homepage: “Challenging Learning provides professional development training and resources for people working with 3-19 year olds. The team’s specialisms include challenge, creativity, dialogue, feedback, growth mindsets, leadership, progress and teaching thinking.”

February 21, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Times Higher Education poll

“Nearly half of academics (48%) do not believe students are well prepared for university, a Times Higher Education poll of 1,150 higher education staff found.” So reports Jasmin Gray for The Huffington Post’s Young Voices.

Click on the thumbnail to read the whole article: Universities Admit High Numbers Of Students Who Are ‘Almost Illiterate’, Say Lecturers: Half of academics don’t believe students are prepared for university.

This article deals with the English Education system but might we draw meaningful comparisons with Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence? Are there similar issues at play? Is this assessment of national literacy standards fair? Does it tell the whole story? Clishmaclaver would love to hear your views.

February 21, 2017
by Miss Stewart

How to recognise a dystopia…

Clishmaclaver came across a very interesting TED-Ed video by Alex Gendler – via For Reading Addicts‘ Facebook feed – and thought she’d share it:

“Let’s Begin…
The genre of dystopia – the ‘not good place’– has captured the imaginations of artists and audiences alike for centuries. But why do we bother with all this pessimism? Alex Gendler explainsted_ed how dystopias act as cautionary tales – not about some particular government or technology, but the very idea that humanity can be molded into an ideal shape.” – Alex Gendler

February 16, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Myths and misconceptions about children’s rights

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“This booklet breaks down some of the common myths and misconceptions about
children’s rights which we have come across in our work with teachers, parents and
school communities through the Rights Respecting Schools Award.

As an international legal document, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (the
Convention or CRC) may sometimes seem complex and difficult to interpret in practice.
This can lead to misunderstandings about what each right means and how the
Convention applies in the real world.

While we want the Convention to be accessible to everyone, it is important not to
oversimplify it. This booklet seeks to deepen your understanding of the Convention by
clarifying common misconceptions that can arise.” – UNICEF


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February 16, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Philip Pullman announces new fantasy trilogy

Bear with me: After 17 years, the next book about Lyra Belacqua will arrive on October 19th.

The award-winning series His Dark Materials has captivated readers young and old for two decades. Now, the first book in a ‘parallel’ trilogy is due out in October — and fans are delighted.

Read more of this article about Philip Pullman’s new ‘equal’ from The Day for all the skinny!

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