November 2012 Blog Posts (14)

Pocket Museums

I moved to Blaby Stokes Junior School in January 1965.


After a rocky start, and remembering my experience with Tiger at trinity Fields, things began to feel good in my classroom, filled with 40 fifth graders.


One Monday morning, the classroom atmosphere was highly charged with expectancy as the children sat in their seats.

“Well,” I asked my class, “anyone got anything to share from the weekend?” “Did you fill your…


Added by John Paull on November 30, 2012 at 11:32am — No Comments

Falling In Love With Nature

Yesterday, I discovered a remarkable TED talk by David Roberts. Roberts is a blogger who writes about energy and politics for Grist. His aim in this 15-minute presentation, remixed with music and extra imagery, is to summarize and simplify the science of climate change. Just the facts ma’am. Now, I study fossils, not climate, so I’m not on a first-name basis with all the relevant data. Yet, given my understanding of current climatological consensus, Roberts has his facts…


Added by Scott D. Sampson on November 29, 2012 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Becoming a teacher

It was a sad fact that, in the seven years I attended grammar school, I had never met another Mr. Jones. I never had another shared precious amber moment. I know now I should have raised my hand more often, I should have asked more questions, and I should have concentrated more and been a better student.

However, I had done enough, it appeared, to be on my way to becoming a teacher.

In September, 1960, I began my three-year-long college career in Leicester, an industrial…


Added by John Paull on November 27, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Online chat and show about Recess ! Wednesday 28 th of November from 9.00- 10.00 PM EST

Join us for a glass of wine, or whatever you fancy, for our third online talk show and Facebook chat. We will be talking about recess. Topics will include:  Recess punishment (teachers taking recess away from kids because they have not done their homework or behaved well). The different policies as to what inclement weather is, and how it varies from region to region in North America. Last we…


Added by Kari on November 27, 2012 at 10:03am — No Comments

Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Emergent Curriulum

Of course the most fascinating observation we have been making all month is the ebb and flow of our mud puddle. Before the rain returned, the mud puddle area was dry and dusty and the children explored the perfect dirt to water ratio for creating the ideal mud. When the rain first began, it was a drippy, misty rain and we observed black spots on the dry dirt which the children guessed correctly was caused by rain drops.

Once the fall rains began in earnest, the mud puddle re-filled…


Added by Erin Kenny on November 26, 2012 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Mr. Jones..................the BEST teacher I can remember

On my very first morning in St. Paul’s School, after morning assembly in the small school hall, at twenty past nine precisely, Mr. Jones welcomed me to class. Then he adjusted his tie, buttoned the middle button of his green corduroy sports jacket, and selected an unused piece of white chalk from the cardboard box sitting on the rim of the blackboard. He looked up at the top left of the board, and, slowly, squeakily, wrote the day and the month, followed by the work of the day on the…


Added by John Paull on November 25, 2012 at 10:41am — No Comments

Now that I've started, here's my BLOG plan ............

Started  20th  November
Using innate curiosity to build a learning community
Blog one
Thank you, Tiger
Blog two
In the beginning.          The Wishing Rock
Blog three
Miss  Harvey.        My first teacher's response to me finding amber
Blog four
Mr. Jones
Blog five
Grammar School and college
Blog six
The first Pocket…

Added by John Paull on November 25, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Miss Harvey sets me alight....she likes my discovery

On the day of my fifth birthday, Monday, July 14, a week before we broke up for the long summer holiday, I was really surprised when my dad, not my grandma, met me at the end of the school day. Dad had never picked me up from school before.


 He was in his driver’s uniform so I knew he’d come straight from work. My stomach turned over – was something wrong? Was Grandma ill? Or, Mum? Was she ok?


Standing by the rusty iron fence, Dad smiled when he saw some of…


Added by John Paull on November 25, 2012 at 10:18am — No Comments

In the beginning

Now that I have blogged my first experience as a young, struggling teacher discovering the power of children's innate curiosity, I think it would be appropriate to reflect on my childhood. Where did my lifelong insatiable curiosity about the natural world - and how children learn best - come from?

Again, I'm going to use an extract from my recent book, Through My Eyes: On becoming a teacher, to explain where my curiosity was encouraged and…


Added by John Paull on November 24, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Thank you, Tiger.

                        Thank you, Tiger


I started teaching way back in the early 1960s. Well, teaching is, perhaps, too grand a word. It would be more honest to say that I began to be paid for standing daily in front of loads of bored adolescents, opening a well-thumbed science text book, and reading aloud. Then, scribbling science words on the blackboard to be copied by the kids into their science notebooks.


13- year-old…


Added by John Paull on November 23, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Hands-on Science - Gardening

Most school have gardens (or al least some outdoor space that with a little work can be turn into gardens). Small, big, tidy, messy, whatever kind garden your school has it is a great science education tool.

Teachers have been using school gardens for years as tools to teach about…


Added by Catarina Loureiro on November 17, 2012 at 7:20am — No Comments

The Art of Seeing

Added by Denise Dahn on November 14, 2012 at 2:32pm — No Comments


Added by Denise Dahn on November 8, 2012 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Getting Teens into Nature

I recently finished Richard Louv's book Last Child in the Woods and loved it. I have always loved nature, but I'd been finding myself more and more removed from it. My husband and myself both work full-time, my son is into hockey, my daughter is into theater, and we have been becoming more and more chauffeurs, and spending less time outdoors. Technology is taking over our house too. We all have cell phones, my son has…


Added by Laura Stroebel on November 3, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

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