A taste for teaching


Everything I write here seems to be retrospective these days. Its about old chords being struck – again. This time by a post from Ian Usher about a Teachers as Writers programme led by Simon Wrigley. What intrigued me was a comment by Simon about the origins of the course in the belief that “That teachers of writing should write“. It just reminds me of taking teachers and pupils to stay in Willy Lot’s cottage in Flatford to paint together for weekends; of a story-telling course just for teachers, of courses to develop the use of personal journals (art and writing) in Paris and Amsterdam, of teachers and a theatre company developing and presenting theatre in education pieces, of teachers exhibiting their own digital art at Waddesdon Manor. I agree with Simon, and always have, if we want to give children a taste of creativity then I guess we need to know what it actually tastes like ourselves – a taste for teaching.

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Senior Advisor, Art Inspector, Member of the Expert Advisory Group for Art, Consultant working with NSEAD, IOE, QCA, UCE, UOG. Currently lecturer at UCL working on a project in Kazakhstan to develop text books for a new art curriculum.
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