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2018 is certainly shaping up to be an interesting year for professional memberships. I’m delighted to become a member of the British Psychological Society through my studies with University of Derby and to join the Chartered College of Teaching (CCT) too! Both offer regular publications – I’ve already received the first of the BPS magazines which is hugely interesting. There are also conferences though I think I’ve already missed the CCT one. Do you subscribe to any professional bodies – if so which? Let me know in the comments and tell me what you think of them! Also if you managed to attend the CCT event, do share your thoughts.
In the past year, I have encountered more politically passionate practitioners than I have in my entire career. Not just policy-makers and researchers, but practitioners working at grass-roots levels who are using social media and cluster forums to instigate change. I do not believe this is a negative development; to the contrary, the more experienced and knowledgeable practitioners’ voices we have, the more effective we shall be in shaping future policy and defending the rights and needs of children whom we are advocates for.
I’m currently working on a blog post about the recent experience my pre-school children had raising chicks. I’ll resist the urge to write “I’ll tweet about it!” and instead say that it should be published as soon as I can pull myself away from the delightful balls of feathers.
I had a wonderful conversation with my grandparents a few months ago, about the types of things I liked to play with as a child. We chatted about paint, paper, notebooks and huge canvases (plentiful in a house full of artists and teachers) before moving on to things children find in the garden and the beliefs children have (fairies, mythical creatures, etc…); as a professional the conversation gave me the opportunity to consider whether the resources within my setting instigated the sort of quality play I wanted children to experience. One of the items I remember very vividly from my childhood was an old typewriter.Read More »