Does it matter what we read? Does it matter that we read? Is there any power in someone writing? Will the life of one person, written down, affect someone else? I found a fascinating example in the words of an English teacher trying to teach in a school with gang warfare: Erin Gruwell. It’s beenContinue reading “Power of Story”
“What are the arts for? Why do we encourage creativity? Why do we teach children to play, to perform, to paint?” This is a very old question – one which a cultural leader in Britain has just made a very direct statement about: the Arts Council Chief Executive in the Times Educational Supplement. Key advantages ofContinue reading “Why arts in school?”
A brilliant podcast helping learn English as a second language has just won third prize in the British podcast awards: Luke’s English Podcast. One fun sideline he does is a ‘Phrasal verb a day”. This is truly useful – they are ways of saying something in a common ways of speaking – difficult to learnContinue reading “English as she is spoked”
Here is how Helen Keller’s teacher taught the young deaf and blind girl to speak. Such an important power, obtained with such hard work in Helen’s case. Makes me ponder how am I using my gift of speech?