During the last 12 months I have attended and spoken at a lot of conferences and conducted a huge range of professional development opportunities for colleagues. Over the course of that time it has slowly become clear to me that the majority of people I have spoken to, listened to and trained see creativity as something that rests outside the realm of standardized education. Often, when discussing pedagogy with peers, I find myself entangled in discussions about the importance of creativity. …


A rumination on the school/home disconnect.

I had an interesting discussion with my 5th Grade class today. Lately I have been reading Sir Ken Robinson’s book The Element and I wanted to try out some of the ideas in it on my students. So I asked them the question ‘are you intelligent?’ Then I told them they needed to respond by placing themselves on a scale from one to ten, ten being very intelligent. They reacted in much the same way he suggested they would, having an emotional response to the implications of the question, pitching low or high depending on how successful they perceived themselves…


Develop A Vision For Your Community of Learners

“We cannot change anything unless we accept it.”― C.G. Jung

For any teacher starting a new school year there are always undeniable anxieties to cope with. The excitement and anticipation of doing a challenging job under often difficult circumstances is channeled into preparation, planning and numerous administrative meetings. Before the first child has even walked in the door the average teacher will have emotionally prepared himself or herself for that eventuality. The first days of school will be taken up with ‘getting to know each other’, establishing classroom and technology agreements and preparing for initial assessments of academic ability. …


Transcript of a presentation at the 21st Century Learning Conference in Hong Kong 13/12/2014

Humanity is standing at a crossroads. Confusion abounds. Because to ‘choose’ means change, and the thought of change breeds fear of the unknown. Our seeming inability to take the next logical step has seen us largely ignore what is possibly the most important tool we possess: our compass. Education. Our systems of education have failed to develop, they’re frozen in time. The cultures of learning they promised to create never materialized. We’ve been left with routine, repetition and rote-learning.

In other words: cultural stagnation. Standing at the heart of this stasis is the curriculum. This is arguably the compendium of…


Normalising the things we needlessly fear the most.

Last night and this morning, as I was watching videos by Sir Ken Robinson, Gordon Neufeld, Isaac Asimov and others, I was struck by the way in which the majority of lectures on education are largely about pointing out what is wrong with the state of things, without suggesting any concrete fixes. The more I watched, the more I became aware of this fact. By Sir Ken’s own admission this state of affairs has been carrying on for quite some time. He contends that for as long as there has been a formal educational system, there have been voices calling…

Hamish Clark

A Journey In Learning

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