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The central sharing hub for #UoDedu teacher education students at the University of Dundee

August 15, 2017
by Richard Holme
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Learning about and from the IB

I blogged a while ago during a scholarship session and also during a research conference presentation. My rationale was that the helped me capture my thoughts and contributed to my understanding, in real-time. And for anyone reading the posts they would, hopefully, get a more authentic view of what I was experiencing. So today, having […] Continue reading

August 14, 2017
by Richard Holme
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People from the past

I think an understanding of the concepts in history is something that really sets humans aside from other species. I think science and technology and communication are really important too. But our ability to think and comprehend time, and our place within it, helps us make sense of life and the world around us. I’m […] Continue reading

July 28, 2017
by Richard Holme
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Mollie Makes

I am called Mollie and I’ve taken over R kid’s blog. I’m going to tell you how to make face pancakes. We did this together at Christmas. It is from Matilda Ramsay. First you need to whisk all of the batter together. In the batter you need to put flour, eggs and milk. Secondly you […] Continue reading

July 21, 2017
by Richard Holme
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Music and movement 

I’ve never been a huge music fan and I think this might be down to my early life where we would have talk radio in my parents’ house where The Archers and Radio 4 news stick in my memory but not much music. I don’t know why this was the case as my Dad loves […] Continue reading

June 11, 2017
by Richard Holme
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Another election and the return of Gove

Well for the first election in quite a while I did not wake up feeling miserable and depressed. One of the (many) reasons for the surprising Labour resurgence was tactical voting and some cooperation from broadly left parties. Like the UKIP vote the Green vote decreased, although Caroline Lucas in Brighton showed what a good […] Continue reading

May 25, 2017
by Richard Holme
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Beards

I have always been a bit anti-beard. I thought men with beards were hiding behind it, or worse had something hidden in it. And I’m not the only one. Roald Dahl had similar thoughts (see The Twits) and once called out Michael Rosen for having one proclaiming “it’s disgusting!”. Growing up in the 1980s I […] Continue reading

May 13, 2017
by Richard Holme
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Me and my emojis (part 3 in an occasional series on digital tech)

Every once in a while I post about digital technology. And if you read earlier posts you’d know I have a mixed history with technology. Well, I was enjoying the Eurovision Song Contest #ESC2017 (ok judge me, I like it alright…) and tweeting as I did. One chat resulted in me commenting that I was […] Continue reading

May 10, 2017
by Richard Holme
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External examining and Edutalk radio

This week I’ve been learning again, but then that is what I do, and enjoy doing, everyday. I’ve been doing work as an external examiner at Newcastle University and met some great people including lecturers, teachers and students. I’ve gained valuable insight into the systems operated by another education department but also how different staff […] Continue reading

May 1, 2017
by Richard Holme
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Life, loss and friendship 

This blog usually focuses on ‘worthy’ issues and I’ve posted things before that I thought might be interesting linking to my personal ethos or things of professional relevance. But this post is a bit of a departure from that. This past few week I’ve been marking assignments, getting a feeling of deja vu, and it […] Continue reading

April 9, 2017
by Richard Holme
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Wild food foraging and a little more PLANT-ing

The weather has been getting better this last few weeks and this has encouraged me to get out and about. I’ve done a bit in my own garden, and spent a couple of afternoons at the Tayport Community Garden which is a great local community project. And I’m also quite pleased that I’ve been able to […] Continue reading

March 21, 2017
by Richard Holme
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Implicit learning, twitter, blogging & essays

Today the PGDE students at Dundee University finished working on IDL projects. One of the things we wanted to focus on was the process of learning, and less about the outputs. This is hard for people trained in our ‘schooled society’ and Ivan Illich suggested schools reflect society, and society reflects schools, so ended up […] Continue reading

March 20, 2017
by Richard Holme
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Brexit fallout and the future of Scottish education

I’ve not posted anything about Brexit as I’ve nothing to add to the wall-to-wall coverage of this ‘interesting’ situation. I’d become disillusioned with politics some time before the vote to leave Europe, mainly due to politicians (including ones I voted for) and their self serving nature. And nothing has happened over the last few months […] Continue reading

November 5, 2016
by Richard Holme
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Gardening in Tayport and relevant school science

I have been living in Scotland for four and a half years and before moving here I did quite a bit of gardening. When I lived in Newcastle I had a nice vegetable plot and even kept chickens but since moving north haven’t had the same space and the growing season is a little shorter. […] Continue reading

October 18, 2016
by Richard Holme
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Edushare blogging and conformity

A bit of a ‘stooshie’ kicked off on Twitter a week or so back, and I wasn’t sure about blogging on this topic. After some contemplation, given the fact that transparency is something I value and all this is in the public domain, I’ve decided to publish this post. Also I invite, indeed welcome, comment […] Continue reading

October 6, 2016
by Richard Holme
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Twitter for teacher CPD and STEM teaching in primary

As a teacher educator I’m really interested in the potential of social media for CPD. The way colleagues and students have engaged with this especially this year has been amazing. Recently I have been reading a PhD thesis on this very topic by Tim Jefferis. I was made aware of Tim’s work through my own […] Continue reading

September 29, 2016
by Richard Holme
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Top down educational leadership in Scotland

A big story in Scottish education broke last year as the SNP government decided to change the policy on primary school testing. Details are still emerging but this is likely to lead to a lot of discussion among those involved in education over the coming years. Most recently a series of benchmarks, that match to […] Continue reading

September 16, 2016
by Richard Holme
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Scholarship and research in teaching

Having previously blogged during a research seminar, and found this of value, I thought I’d try this again so this post is based on notes I made during a seminar discussing the topic of scholarship. The session was being led by Professor Brian Hudson from the University of Sussex and there were a range of […] Continue reading

September 11, 2016
by Richard Holme
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Fungal foray in Edzell

I am always encouraging student teachers to embrace learning so feel that where possible I should try to live this principle myself. However it is easy to forget this at times. When I was young I loved learning about natural history and as a ‘grown up’ I still love poking about in streams and rock […] Continue reading

July 4, 2016
by Richard Holme
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Sharing research and blogging

I am currently sitting in the University of Dundee School of Education and Social Work research conference. I have heard about some great research covering topics including children’s voice, views of science education and transition from school to higher education. As I’ve become more experienced as a researcher I have gained a far better understanding of how […] Continue reading

June 2, 2016
by Richard Holme
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Enhancing learning with technology (part 2 in an occasional series)

You may have read my earlier post about my ‘erratic’ relationship with technology. However I am gradually gaining confidence and utilising tech to support my learning, and teaching. I still don’t ‘do’ Facebook and my entry level smart phone won’t let me use WhatsApp, which certain friends find hilarious. WhatsApp is an interesting example as […] Continue reading

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