Online community events in the Covid age – an experiment in digital fundraising

As mentioned in my SMART fundraising post, I believe that fundraising efforts have the most success when they offer something in return. I’m excited to report that working with Ed 2 – Parents united learning community, I had the perfect opportunity to put my framework to the test! This article is a longform write-up ofContinue reading “Online community events in the Covid age – an experiment in digital fundraising”

The Democratic Allegiance Podcast – Coming soon

It is absolutely tragic that current affairs feel like we are in the final act of Revenge of the sith. Each new week brings new tales of horrific corruption, illegality and shocking incompetence from those in charge of our country. How did we get here? How does this problem get fixed? I think there isContinue reading “The Democratic Allegiance Podcast – Coming soon”

Making times tables more engaging

Times tables are a key foundational skill in most areas of mathematics. In several of the schools I’ve worked in, year sevens were tasked to be beginning every lesson with tables practice. One of the better ways to encourage this practice involves using the rather brilliant Times Tables Rock Stars, which uses music and carefulContinue reading “Making times tables more engaging”

Engagement from the first minute – creative maths starters from integratemaths.org

I’ve worked in some very tricky comprehensive schools. With most classes, I find that at least one of the students in my class will have either a lack of motivation and/or a lack of understanding of key terms and topics. My work as a fundraiser taught me the importance of grabbing attention early, and makingContinue reading “Engagement from the first minute – creative maths starters from integratemaths.org”

Talking activism and electoral reform with David Miliband, Kate Garvey, Lisa Nandy and Gayle Smith

Another brilliant event from Tortoise media – hosting a summit on global leadership at a time when it is incredibly important. I asked David Miliband, CEO of International Rescue Committee & Kate Garvey, co-founder of Project Everyone, for what we can do at home to aid the cause of the sustainable development goals. My questionContinue reading “Talking activism and electoral reform with David Miliband, Kate Garvey, Lisa Nandy and Gayle Smith”

Strategies for traditional maths teaching at home: Deadly Division with Joshua Russell

I have been helping the Ed 2 Brtus community provide support to parents who are concerned about returning their children to school. I have created this broadcast to talk about some of the key strategies I use to ensure my students succeed. Skip to 9:55 where I finally manage to sort out the technology enoughContinue reading “Strategies for traditional maths teaching at home: Deadly Division with Joshua Russell”

Emotionality and Disordered Eating; Why helping children understand and process their emotionality is key

By Food Freedom Coach Chloe Jane Prince The hardest part of my journey was when I sat across in the garden from my mum, and told her I couldn’t live anymore. I thought I had healed my eating disorder, but it was about so much more than the food. Many people believe that disordered eating,Continue reading “Emotionality and Disordered Eating; Why helping children understand and process their emotionality is key”

An introduction to meditation

Meditation is something that many know about, or have heard about, but few people practice. It’s an incredible skill to have and I think it is so important to teach to children. Meditation means different things to different people and religions, but what I’ll be showing here is my take on it. I see meditationContinue reading “An introduction to meditation”

Creative student led maths teaching: where I start

When I start maths tutoring, I often find students and parents have negative concepts of maths, and students are (rightfully and naturally) wary of tutors. The best way to start is always by building rapport and demonstrating value. Give them a reason to listen to you. I’ll say hello, introduce myself, ask a student whatContinue reading “Creative student led maths teaching: where I start”

What is the risk of home education?

I’m involved in a project that provides support to parents worried about their childrens’ safety and education. Today, I’m seeing a number of posts from parents wondering if they have what it takes to home educate. It is a daunting prospect and compassionate parents are the most likely to overburden themselves with guilt and anxiety,Continue reading “What is the risk of home education?”