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Small and Connected

A few days ago I received a beautiful photograph. Our daughter Beth sent us a picture of our granddaughter's first pair of shoes. The smallness of her feet is put into context by her father's shoes. Our granddaughter's shoes were fitted by a very careful shoe shop assistant. This picture encapsulates symbolically much of my thinking at present. I am becoming more and more interested in personalisation and learning. To develop my own practice I have been reflecting on ideas shared by Satish Kumar and the Hartland Small School: The Small School is within walking distance of children’s homes, so that there is no...

Brain Games

This post has been in draft form for a while. This month a number of research reports have been sharpening discussion about the role the brain plays in learning compared to the mind. Two items caught my attention and encouraged my own reflection on the brain and mind possibilities. The Australian Stage reviewed Seven Boards of Skill performed at the Perth International Arts Festival. The performance is based upon the Chinese Tangram and in this stage version seven giant geometric shapes, five triangles, a square and a parallelogram are used as the set for fourteen performers. Paul Rand has suggested...

Visual Literacy and Fair Play

Two recent events have stimulated animated discussion about the role video can and should play in officiating. Thierry Henry's handball in a World Cup Football qualifying game led to a FIFA disciplinary commission hearing. The International Cricket Council will investigate the umpire decision review system after protests about decisions made in the fourth test match in South Africa. These events have underscored for me that the essence of sport is in a state of flux and is so because of the mediated and constructed views offered by television broadcasts. The ICC proposes to meet with television broadcasters in March to discuss the...

Attention and Learning

This post about attention and learning started with some ideas stimulated by Noah Charney's novel The Art Thief (2007). I liked his suggestion that "logic and observation are universal tools ... that no one realises they have." In the novel he points out that students in the Yale University Medical School are required to visit the Yale Centre for British Art. This post from earlier this year provides the non-fiction account of this relationship.(This is a post from 2006. See too this article (2001) on the use of fine art to enhance visual diagnostic skills and this link to data...

Feedforward

Introduction Over twenty years ago when I was researching my book Using Video in Sport (1988) I came across Peter Dowrick's work on self-modelling. I have been fascinated by his work ever since. Photo source: this photograph was taken by D Sharon Pruitt. It can be found at Flickr here and is included in this post under Creative Commons 2.0 licence. Background Back in 1980 Peter Dowrick wrote a paper with C Dove entitled 'The use of self-modeling to improve the swimming performance of spina bifida children'. You can download a copy of this paper from the Journal of Applied Behaviour Analysis here....

Erica McWilliam: The 21st Century Teacher: From Sage to Guide to Meddler

Erica McWilliam visited the University of Canberra this week (13 May) as part of the ACE on the Road program. The topic for her talk was The 21st Century Teacher: From Sage to Guide to Meddler. This post was written live at the talk. Photo source This is Erica's Eduspaces profile and this is her blog page. Introduction Stephen Parker welcomed Erica Mcwilliam to the University of Canberra. Erica opened her presentation with the observation that "the great calling is to be a teacher who introduces young people to the pleasure of the rigour of the work". She identified teaching as a moral...

The Merry Makers

Hot on the heals of the ABC Sunday Arts' program (8 June) was a wonderful story about the Merry Makers (9 June). For anyone interested in teaching, learning and the flourishing of the human spirit this was a must see program. ABC Photograph In the program you meet Lucinda Bryant the Artistic Director and Choreographer of The Merry Makers. She is a remarkable teacher. She observes that: "I suppose one of the biggest things is knowing about each individual in the class and how they actually work, and that's not really knowing a lot about their disability, but more about their...