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When we use the word play it conjures up lost days as a child making sandcastles on the beach or tents from sheets on a rainy day. It reminds me of free time, unrestrained joy and creative interludes in the drudgery of normal life. Play means fun.

If I use the word in the classroom, the atmosphere changes; students are more free with their experimenting without boundaries and restrictions. But often they don’t know what to do; they have forgotten how to play in a learning context. My students are Middle School but I am sure that High School students are the same. So, when did they forget how to play when learning?

Teenagers play all the time when learning a new video game, trying things out, failing, trying again, but they don’t equate the same when at school.

Being playful appears to stop at Middle School, perhaps as they may look foolish in front of their peers, are fearful of making mistakes or maybe they just think they are too old for play any more having transitioned from Primary School.

As for adults; we play even less when learning something new.

So who told us to stop playing?

Picasso stated that,

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up.

What is play?

The Oxford dictionary describes play as:

activity engaged in for enjoyment and recreation, especially by children.

to engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.

Play is a fundamental part of Kindergarten or pre-school, taking up much of these youngster’s day. Play is important to build imagination, collaboration and friendships and they are “developing their language, math, and social-interaction skills.” (Osei Ntiamoah, The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergarteners of Finland, October 1st 2015). Further more, according to her research study The Power of Play, “in the short and long term, play benefits cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development…When play is fun and child-directed, children are motivated to engage in opportunities to learn”.

But is play just for the young learners?


Get the Play-doh out!


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There is nothing more satisfying than playing with a lump of clay, plasticine or play-doh. At any age, the feel of the soft dough (and the smell) brings back memories of childhood and a uncontrolled time of wondrous abandonment! As an art teacher, my classes go quiet when clay is out and students would genuinely choose this medium above all others! But clay work higher up the school is far less used and painting, drawing and photography dominate our exhibitions every year. Other sculptural media feature but less so ceramics. Is this due to their fear of failure or just that we don’t allow them to play enough once past Primary school?

So how can we bring back fearless play and incorporate Play-doh into other curriculum areas?

In the Edutopia article “15 ways to use Play-doh in the High School classroom” (Carrie Wisehart, 6th November 2017) she reminds us that “Create is at the top of Bloom’s Taxonomy. When students are forced to synthesize what they’ve learned and make a sculpture, they are doing some crazy critical thinking. Play-doh is a great way to keep students engaged, let them use their hands, employ creativity, and you can have a new and different form of assessment that is actually fun.”

We remember when we engage.

Real world play (a bit like imaginative play, make believe or role play) may well be the way forward for many of our older students. In the article, “How to bring Playfulness to High School students” (Zaidee Stavely Mindshift July 24th 2015) students are more motivated when faced with problems to solve that take them beyond the classroom walls. Arana Shapiro, director of school design at the Institute of Play, believes that “when you start with content, and then you think about play, you often think about a game like ‘Jeopardy’ and the facts that kids need to know. If you can really dig deeper into the understandings you want kids to have five or 10 years down the road, those are almost always real situations.”

Play lights up our brains

Elizabeth Perry, in her recent talk “Play On” at the Learning 2 conference in Warsaw, Poland, reminds us that almost all creativity involves purposeful play. She talks us through her own experiences of new learning and how she nearly gave up when faced with a failed drawing.

“stay playful by doing something badly, then keep doing it”

You can read more on the creative exploits and daily drawings of Elizabeth at her blog, Wool Gathering.

 MIT Mitchel Resnick


The Importance of Play

When trying out something new, play offers no boundaries and no assessment, allowing us the freedom to experiment to learn.

One of my most favourite TED talks, “Watch me play…the audience” shows Bobby McFerrin “playing” the audience as an instrument and tapping into their ability to learn music on the spot:

There is an inherent need for play in us all, whether just to let off steam, as an antidote to our stressful lives or as genuine therapy.

Child’s Play

Play therapy (for adults) is a thing. In fact, in the Telegraph article “What’s behind the infantilising trend for adult play?”(The Telegraph, 3rd March 2016) I discover there are “creative counsellors” helping clients to let go and revisit the footloose days of their childhood, playing with sand and wellness centres with therapeutic play practitioners. Husni Bey, founder of Creativity Unmasked, believes, “creative play can help connect us with the subconscious, free emotional blockages and develop our confidence, optimism, self-worth and personal growth.”


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We get lost in play and stop thinking.

Popping up in the UK are adult soft play nightclubs. The first, in Birmingham at Amusement 13, hosted a “Regression Session”, with bouncy castle, a lego lounge and ball pits and BallieBallerson, in London, boasts 250,000 clear glow-in the dark balls in its adults-only ball pit bar, pulsing away to the music!

That’s it! I’m off to bounce away my Monday blues- care to join me?


Some of the most popular buys on Amazon this Christmas were adult colouring books and board games. In our busy and technology driven lives these retro tools give us a well earned breather and a step back into how it used to be before were were permanently connected.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my devices but we need to strike a balance and games, books and even jigsaw puzzles are a nod back to the days of calm and uninterrupted focused, unstructured play.


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But is it just a fad or a need for nostalgia?

In the article “How jigsaw puzzles became the latest warriors in the battle against the digital revolution” (Telegraph, March 26th, 2017), Sara Allbright, senior buyer for John Lewis says, “People see it in terms of trends like mindfulness in a world of technology,” says Allbright. “Using things like jigsaws to re-engage and take a moment away from the day-to-day.”

What sort of play do you remember and what do you think of digital vs traditional methods of play?

Learning a new tool

Just this week, I attended the local ADE meet up where we were invited to play around with the relatively new tool Apple Clips on our phones. We were challenged to tell a story using simple images and video clips including natural, outdoor and close up shots as well as selecting from some quotes to include.

We had 20 minutes to collaborate with other ADEs, have fun and learn the tool. Chaos and laughter ensued. The results were hilarious, clever and downright silly (ours) but it took this unstructured play to let us loose with our creativity and get to grips with the app. Needless to say we will all be looking for ways to include it in our classes as a result.

Mark Anderson (@ictevangelist) has written a great post on using Apple Clips in different curriculum areas

100 day project

This week I decided to commit to being more playful as a result of this post. I invite you to look at the 100 Day project, which originated in New Zealand or follow the posts on Instagram. Participants sign up online (this year’s starts on May 22nd) and commit to posting one creative thing every day for 100 days. Beck, an art teacher colleague, and I decided to both participate so we can encourage each other and track our creativity over time, much like how Elizabeth first started her daily 10 minute drawings.

Watch this space for the final (100) artworks.

What would you choose to do creatively daily for 100 days?

What would you like to pursue to bring back the child like playfulness in you?

What ways can you bring play into your classroom?


What if…

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All drawings made with Adobe Draw and Adobe Capture. Animations made on Brushes and Keynote. Credits to Dave Caleb for the family photographs towards the end.


What if JK Rowling had stopped believing in her story when she was rejected by 12 major publishers?

What if Walt Disney stopped creating when he was fired because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas“?

and what if underdog Eddie the Eagle Edwards had given up on his inconceivable dream of Olympic glory in ski jumping?

But they didn’t – why was that?

Because they were passionate about their work, it mattered to them and they were determined to carry on

But what if you’re not passionate about something and you still have to do it? What then? 

How do you motivate the unmotivated?

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As parents you might give extra pocket money incentives or take away privileges, and as teachers you might have used rewards or punishments, but, according to Dan Pink, these carrots and sticks just don’t work. Not in business or in education.

You are more likely to stick at something and be better at it, if you are intrinsically motivated.

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and it is Autonomy, Purpose and Mastery that drive us.

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But what about the individuals, the unmotivated ones?

Luca is a fun loving guy who loves music, art and gaming and, as a typical teenager he is easily distracted from work by playing games with his friends, watching wrestling and funny videos. But he was getting frustrated with the challenges he was facing with his cognitive skills and, like so many of us, needed regular support and feedback.

So I showed him Peak on my phone, an app that levels up your brain, using games that challenge and motivate to build Focus, Memory, Problem Solving and Mental Agility

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soon he was showing Progress and improvement and this was having a positive effect on his cognitive skills.

Further up the school the fun element sometimes gets lost and curriculum content takes over. Piers is a creative thinker, musician, filmmaker and, no surprises, a gamer. He will commit days to edit a film, practice for hours on his guitar and while away time perfecting his driving skills in Euro Truck Simulator! But he is not so motivated when it comes to revising. With just one month to go before his final IB exams and university offers to study Film making, he has purpose but has he got the drive?

He uses Quizlet and flashcards to study?/review key concepts, but how can he motivate himself to revise Hamlet’s monologues or molecular Biology? So we looked at sketchnotes as a way to map his thinking and and he started to plan some of his own.

Just as mnemonics, narrative and songs help us remember, adding visuals to text (dual coding) and connecting new learning will help to retain memory.

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We are more motivated when we have freedom and choice, so what if we could have more autonomy in our learning?

Richard loves sport and is a keen footballer, but he’s a little overweight, has high blood pressure and a bit of a weakness for beer! He uses the Activity app on his watch to track his runs, distance on the pitch and general fitness and, like Peak, it shows him small measurable progress that motivates him to keep improving.

But unlike Richard I am not motivated by competition and leaderboards, in fact I am more likely to swap the gym for a packet of Maltesers! But I am engaged by games (Luca), passionate about visuals (Piers) and driven by small measurable successes (Richard).

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I use WaterMinder which visually (and audibly) reminds me to drink more each day and tracks my progress to keep me hydrated

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and recently I was introduced to Zombies, Run; a fun fitness app that relays an engaging story as you collect items and walk or run away from the zombies – this might just be the motivation I need to get fit.

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Now if only I could find an app to gamify report writing!

So how might you motivate the unmotivated? Could technology the magic trick you are looking for?

Understanding what drives us works, as it did for Luca, Piers and Richard. And the reason I know this? is because these aren’t just anyone’s family – they’re my family and my motivation. What I see in my family, I also see in my students, and every day is an opportunity to help others to drive and motivate themselves, whether a future blockbusting screenwriter or a regular 7th grade guy.

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Get rid of those carrots and sticks and try some motivation magic, then perhaps it won’t be game over for you or your students just yet.

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and if you want to see the live video here is the link on YouTube


Imagine a world without images, without adverts or photographs,

A world with no diagrams or instructions from IKEA, books without covers devoid of drawings or beautiful illustrations

websites with just words and presentations with just bullet points…hang on a moment some people still do that!

I believe there are 3 types of people:

there are those who love using visuals and integrate them into their lessons daily

and there are those who understand and see the potential of visuals but may not be using them as often as they would like

and finally there are those who hated art at school, say they cannot draw and are wondering (why should they use images and) what use is this to me?

Over the next few minutes I would like to show you how I came to work with visuals

and Tell you how you can use visuals in your daily and professional life

We live in a visual world and we are literally surrounded by visuals, from the moment we wake up in the morning, view the icons on our phones and Facebook or Instagram images

and just like our students we watch videos to learn or entertain ourselves, and images help us choose our cereal and the products we buy

So why aren’t we all teaching with visuals?

Ancient man captured their stories and conquests on the walls of their caves

and as a child we all loved to draw So what changes as we get older? why do we stop drawing?

Why don’t we all draw now?

Our eyes dart across page when we research on the internet

Looking for recognisable symbols to catch our attention

We like to SEE images

our brains interpret them far easier

so AGAIN why aren’t we all teaching with visuals?

Think about your classroom, your office or home

What images do you use to inspire, ignite and inform?

Images guide us, help us to find what we are looking for,

They instruct us, map our ideas

Help us to interpret data

And, just as Music or smells can transport us back to a time a place or a person

So too can images remind us of time past

The senses are strong in aiding learning and memory

Yet it is the VISUAL SENSE that TRUMPS them ALL

And the real potential is when we combine the senses

just as Text and image work better together

so too does the Voice with visuals

and music and Photography

And this intrigues me – the power a visual has to help us to remember

(And in case you are wondering, each visual in this presentation serves to remind me what to say)

I remember my first Learning 2 conference 3 years ago in Shanghai

When Jabiz encouraged us to develop our PLN through Twitter

Then in Beijing when Ben Sheridan got lost on the metro in Japan

And Dana Watts expanded our ideas about using iPads in education

But do we remember the details of these and other talks months or years on?

I have been taking visual notes for several years now

From my humble beginnings on penultimate as a Tech mentor to animated Brushes drawings as an ADE And now using Adobe ideas

Last year Jeff at Learning 2 Singapore asked me to capture the L2 Talks through visual note taking

I had not appreciated how difficult taking notes live could be!

See for all you cynics and drawing phobics out there the difficult part it is not actually the drawing

It is the thinking, the metacognition,

and it is this skill that we should be teaching our students – to listen and synchronise our thinking in order to communicate this to other

How could you use this with your students, or yourself?

Wouldn’t meeting minutes be more engaging and easier to revisit and remember if they looked like this? Or the steps in a unit plan or the details of a book?

I was rubbish at taking notes at university

And terrible at remembering facts and figures at school

Yet now I can capture my thoughts visually to help me remember and to communicate my ideas to others

On my blog I capture visual notes alongside my weekly posts to help me synchronise my thoughts and to share these ideas with others

these images help to show the message I want to share

I have been banging on about the versatility of Art to deaf ears for over 20 years

But now I hope now you can all hear me:

Visuals are crucial for memory and understanding

I understand you may not remember much of what I have said

And I would like you to take away this:

VISUALS HELP US TO REMEMBER and they help to DOCUMENT our Learning

So I would like to leave you with a Challenge:

document your notes more visually, use a simple drawing or note taking app on the iPad such as Adobe Ideas or Paper 53 just like Shaun Kirkwood did last year and share them on Twitter using the hashtag L2visualnotes

So that everyone can benefit from your learning 2

The Power of Visuals: how are you going to use them?






Jeff Utecht's Reach visual note by Nicki Hambleton

Jeff Utecht’s Reach visual note by Nicki Hambleton

Hanging Out

When I was at school you had groups of friends in your tutor group who you stayed together with for most classes and throughout your journey up the school. We kept in contact with our Primary friends who lived nearby and I had friends in the Girl Guide group I went to each week (yes I was a girl guide, don’t judge me!) and the dancing school I attended. I had different “networks” of friends who I connected with in different ways. (Reach by Jeff Utecht: Communities and Networks 2010)
As I grew older these groups changed or evolved or dissipated. When I went to Wimbledon School of Art a whole new bunch of like-minded individuals became my confidants, my learning zone, my mentors and my friends. We saw each other every day, socialised and “hung out”. (Living and Learning with New Technology: Genres of Participation by MacArthur Foundation, November 2008). But when I moved away to university that all changed. We only kept in contact by phone or letter or saw each other when I visited home. Some friendships simply fizzled out. As my life changed so too did my friendship groups. What if we had had the Internet? How would we have reached out to others and kept these networks alive? How might we have spread our connections beyond our immediate groups?

But, back in 1980’s, we didn’t have the internet, and it was difficult to connect and wonder, like the dulcet tones of Simon Le Bon, “Is there anyone out there?” (Duran Duran “Planet Earth”, 1981)

Nowadays we can reconnect with lost loves, fallen friends and past students through Facebook. I can rekindle those conversations, relive those moments and revive what made us mates again.
The opportunities are even greater for connecting and maintaining those friendships and developing new ones through social networks. No longer do we seem 1000s of miles away from  families and friends; with just a click of a button we can see hear and communicate through Skype, FaceTime or Google hangouts. We can see their everyday movements, what they’re watching, doing, thinking. It’s like we are still there in their lives just on the other side of the world connected by a screen.

The real thrill of connecting happened when I joined Twitter back in April 2009. Back then I didn’t really know what I was doing or how to tap into the vast network out there. I didn’t use hashtags or connect properly, I just followed and read with occasional tweeting. None of my friends back home used Twitter so I decided that it would become my learning zone, eventually my support network and ultimately my PLN. But it was whilst listening to Jabiz Raisdana present at the first Learning2 conference I attended in Shanghai in October 2011, that really started the ball rolling. He shared how the Internet is a place to watch, take note connect with, collaborate and learn from. Since then, he and Keri-Lee Beasley have published an ebook A Cultural Guidebook based on Rodd Lucier’s  Seven Degrees of Connectedness. During that early stage I was a “Lurker”, a “Novice” and I yearned to move up that ladder towards “Collaborator” and “Confidant”.

Reaching out on Twitter

Reaching out on Twitter

The power of Twitter is clear the more you interact. Just today, Jason Graham reached out to his PLN to ask a question about Flipping the Classroom. We reach out to others in our network for guidance, reassurance or answers. It is a powerful place and we need to participate to be part of it and keep it going. Nowadays I respond, share and connect on a deeper level using Tweetdeck to organise my many lists, hashtags and people I follow in order to dip into the conversations and take part in what is happening whenever I can. I believe that you gain more by giving more.

How is your “connectedness”? What changes do you make in how you participate and respond in order to connect on a deeper level?

Keeping it Alive
I am energised when I talk and connect with like minded individuals. Chatting to Jane Harris over lunch, she mentioned the Sigmoid and Gompertz curves and how she was developing a leadership model that could apply to students behaviours and actions using the SAMR model.

The Learning Activity Engagement Life Cycle by Jane Harris

The Learning Activity Engagement Life Cycle by Jane Harris

Innovators build the excitement and get the project, the group or the task underway with ideation;  the Growth leaders keep that momentum going making the ideas work and the Efficiency leaders plan and deliver these to maintain the process. This same theory  can apply to developing a community and how the participants are crucial in maintaining momentum and ultimately the longevity of a group.

A community needs these different types of individuals to keep it alive. The innovators bring new interest and start the conversation going with new direction or ideas. This attracts the participants to join in. But without  growth and efficiency  the initial momentum and buzz soon wears off- how many times have you joined a group or forum or met new people only to discover weeks or months after that we had forgotten all about it as the interactions fizzled out and other matters took over.

It takes time and energy and work to keep a network alive. (Reach by Jeff Utecht: Building your Network). As busy educators we signed up to COETAIL knowing that we are not alone on this journey. We are supported with a backing of 100s of COETAILers who have gone before us or who are currently on the programme and who validate it’s worth not just as a qualification but for the people we will meet.

Reaching Out

As I finish, the CNY lion dance drums fill my apartment. If the internet had been around when I was in school I could have seen this spectacle live, chatted to other art students from around the world and shared work globally to grow and learn from.

Patrick Green’s The Relevant Teacher visual note by Nicki Hambleton

We take for granted the opportunities for connecting through Skype in the classroom, the lessons we can watch on TED and the blogs we can follow through the magic of RSS. Patrick Green in his keynote at Learning 2 mentions the need to be A Relevant Teacher  in this world where we no longer teach just the content but how to access the content, select and synchronise.

We must “help them to sift through the sea of stuff” (Welcome to the Collaboration Age, Will Richardson) and model the behaviours and actions students should take to survive in this world of digital information overload.

Keeping abreast of all the information and opportunities out there is the challenge. Keeping in touch with others, connecting and building networks and utilising this new media is exciting yet time intensive.

To Vivian (chezvivian) and Jason Graham I thank you for reaching to me and to Scott, Matt, Pana and Joe I salute you for taking the time to read and respond to my initial introductory blog post and joining me on this journey. To everyone else in COETAIL online2 I look forward to connecting with you and sharing the fun and laughter on the way and reading all about your journey and what you do.

All these new friendships I will hold dear to me, my new community of learners, my PLN, my mentors, advisors, confidants and friends. To COETAIL online2 and anyone  who has stumbled on this monster of a post and lasted until the end, I welcome you into my PLN and hope I can share with you what I gain from this experience and travel on this journey together.
Reach out and keep in touch.

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The Winding Road

Posted: February 2, 2014 in Uncategorized
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I am a reader, a writer of lists, a drawer, a photographer, a creator of 100 ideas a day, a teacher, a mother, a visual note taker. I am on a journey into unchartered territory, excited yet nervous of the winding road ahead.

When embarking on a new journey, we plan ahead, read and research the location, pack accordingly and talk to others who have been there before. We know where we are going and how we will get there. We know what we will find and what we will see when we get there.

Technology and art are not like that. They are forever changing, evolving and mutating. We have no idea what will be in the Art scene in a year’s time or what will be the new digital trend. Part of me is excited not knowing, yet the other is wondering what next? How will I learn, develop, integrate and teach more? Striking the balance between what I believe and what I discover, what I have always done and what I am going to do.

I have no idea where I am going ; I have some idea of how I will get there and faith that I will with the help of such a vast network of supporters: this connected and largely unknown group of like-minded individuals to help us get to wherever the destination is. This is a chance for me to find my voice, to share ideas, to learn and grow. I anticipate the highs, the lows, the frustrations and the thrills of trying out new things, collaborating and changing as a person, a teacher and an artist. I know the journey will not necessarily be an easy one, with twists and turns, potholes and dead ends, but I hope too that there will be beautiful scenery, wonderful views and good company and conversation along the route. I am ready.

and so it seems that the journey is the destination.

This is me……

Posted: February 1, 2014 in Uncategorized
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The start of a new Journey

Posted: January 31, 2014 in Uncategorized
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and so the journey begins with the words….. “Welcome to COETAIL

Image by VinothChandar under Creative Commons

Connecting should be so easy, yet as I trawl the internet for inspiring blogs by Art teachers I hit a wall.

This strikes me as a little odd when there is so much in the way of online images and art to search through. DO art teachers blog? Are they so absorbed in their own art that they just don’t have time to share their wisdom and experiences, ideas and new findings? In this, my first week of blogging, I am searching to find my voice, and questioning whether I have anything of value, importance or even of interest to share with the world. So I continue that search online for a similar voice, a kindred spirit, one who understands the life of an art teacher.

A simple search – and my apologies to jutecht for not using a more advanced search technique as my desperation prevents me from thinking straight- pulls up multiple elementary art teachers, which is great if you are an elementary art teacher but not so if you are MS/High School like me. theteachingpalette offers links to the top 20 Teacher blogs with quality blogs such as but some of which the links no longer work and none, yes none, are art teachers. What is going on, just why are there not a plethora of teachers like me willing to front up, talk about, share and connect with other like-minded individuals? Is this lacking just simply a clue to how hard we work or are Art teachers not bloggers? I spend huge amounts of my time trawling the internet for valuable resources, new ideas and inspiration, so surely it is the number one location to share one’s own thoughts and to receive feedback and inspire conversation with others? In my search online I find multiple sites including This is a good resource, don’t get me wrong and there are some great articles throughout but it still needs a personal touch – the voice of the individual, someone to relate to. has much potential but has not been updated since April 2012. I love his sentiment and the focus on technology. In the same frame, I  hope this one continues and links us to many others of which i must find the time to dive into. A recent find is a fusion of artists and students – a really great idea full of inspiration and contemporary art.

Yet, I am still searching aimlessly for that kindred spirit.

Maybe I am looking at this from the wrong angle- what are art teacher looking online for – an image, ideas, lesson plans or like me: inspiration for a new direction and connection with others?

Twitter has been my lifeline and a continual source of inspiration and new ideas to me for the past year or so. Again, this pulls up a few art teachers across the globe but not the mass or that connection that I yearn for and the personal debate and discussion I need for personal growth. I just reconnected with an art teacher in the UK from my PGCE training all the way back in 1990 – it will be so nice to start that conversation again and to see how our teaching of art have evolved from our early naive days in Birmingham and connect our practices across the globe.

So with my own neck solidly on the block and my heart on the page I ask, nay plead to all you great and wonderful Art teachers out there to take the plunge – dive in and get blogging – we need you!


Reene’s Swan Dive by Nelson de Witt on Flickr Creative Commons

This is me

Posted: October 17, 2012 in Uncategorized


This is the drawing that I am recognised by – it is part of an A4 self portrait in pencil completed one summer in Tuscany. Typical of me it is unfinished so I usually crop a section for use as my avatar. Just recently at Learning2 at WAB in Beijing I was recognised by my avatar! I felt I had made it onto the twitter stage! I never thought it resembled me at all until a colleague said it looks like my eye – I guess we are our own harshest critics.

Entering the world of blogging

Posted: October 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

It is with a humble heart and much nervousness that I begin this first entry. As many have found before, this seems so much more “real” than micro blogging on twitter that I have been happily, nay confidently, partaking in for the past year or more.

However, on a blog it feels more raw, open and scary – why would anyone read what I have to write, indeed what do i have of any importance that I would deem fit to put out there in the public domain? I have never been much of a writer, but always an avid reader. I love learning from other’s blog posts and have grown so much as an educator through these so why would I choose to dip into this time consuming and literary world?

My reason is simply that I must. In order to continue to share and give back to the world I gain so much from, I must reciprocate and in time model what I wish for my students to do. As an artist, educator, wannabe geek and self confessed twitteraddict, the thrill from the feedback is second to none (apart from a squidgy chocolate brownie perhaps).

and so the journey begins……..