May 16, 2018

Escape to Rio De Janiero

Green feathers, sparkling sequins, yellow silk and multi-coloured madness all flash past you in a blur. Amid these colours are people dancing to a heavy samba beat, while smiling and waving up at you. You are sat on a hard concrete chair in the...

November 30, 2016

As my love of books has inspired my entire research, I thought I would use my favourite series of children's books to inspire this ‘end of an adventure’ blog post…

"Mischief Managed." 

—Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

For those...

November 23, 2016

Dear Mom,

I just thought you should know what I’m doing now. 

I’m addicted to drugs and in juvie a lot. I am an unloved

person who spends a lot of time doing drugs to feel better

and not abandoned.

I just thought you should know how I’m feeling. I just

hate you. I hate my da...

October 29, 2016

Meet Emily Cremidis, an Education Consultant for the Centre for the Collaborative Classroom. 

The Centre for the Collaborative Classroom (CCC) empowers teachers to create classrooms where students learn from, care for, and respect one another. CCC do this by providing a...

October 25, 2016

Ms. Gruwell and Room 203

‘For some of my students, my classroom is one of the only places where they feel safe. Room 203 is a place where they can seek refuge from all the mayhem. Outside my classroom walls, anything can happen.’

Ms. Gruwell- Freedom Writer’s Diary

Some o...

October 22, 2016

Writing for Health

Dr. James Pennebaker, who goes by the name of Jamie, has written extensively on the physical and mental health benefits of expressive/ therapeutic writing. In his research he found that people who came to the research lab and wrote about their innermo...

October 19, 2016

“In every bit of honest writing in the world there is a base theme. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love. There are shorter means, many of them. There...

October 13, 2016

Money

One unfortunate shared trait of many of the organisations I have visited is that they are reliant on grants or donations in some way. This obviously takes up a lot of time and money and can be a barrier to the organisations working on everything they want to. Some...

October 8, 2016

Stories and Social and Emotional Learning

Stories are integral to the RULER program at Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. As Dr. Craig Bailey the Director of the Pre-School RULER program explains:

‘Literacy and stories are important to RULER, and by extension, SEL,...

September 29, 2016

What is The Moth?

As George Dawes Green sat with his friends telling stories on summer nights in Georgia, they would watch the moths dancing around the lights on the porch. When he relocated to New York, he wanted to recreate this atmosphere, so he founded The Moth, a n...

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