2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. Education plays is part in recognition and remembrance of the events a century ago and the conflicts of the years that have followed. At the school where I teach we will be spending time considering and reflecting on the the we years of war and years of peace shape our societies and lives in the new year.
But today I see no better moment to repost an artwork that my classes of fourteen year olds made in the context of a similar project four years ago. For a full explanation of the project click here.
It’s not unusual to finish a school day feeling drained of energy. It is often hard work. Today was different, and I hope different for all involved. A workshop day for art teachers involved in bilingual education here in the Netherlands. I’d done my preparation carefully, I hoped for constructive, positive contributions, and thankfully that is exactly what took we got.
A chance to work with colleagues from other schools for an undisturbed three-hour session is rare, rarer still when they are all from your own subject area. The time flew by, and I think most of the participants left with the feeling that batteries had been recharged. Thanks for all those present and the enthusiasm and ideas you brought to the workshop. As promised the link below will give you a .pdf of the presentation I used to jog the memory on issues of content:
Don’t forget to mail me a summary of the lesson ideas that we developed together. I’ll gather these together and circulate them in due course.
So, a good afternoon, but one that always leaves me asking the same question, why in the world of education do we do this so rarely?
I don’t often post a complete article written by someone else, but Edith Pritchett’s prize winning short story did make me laugh. The link below takes you to the Guardian article about the competition.