Tag Archives: learning in context

In and around Ubud.

It is a struggle to pick my boys up and carry them around anymore. They are both extremely large for their age and also very articulate. I often forget that at six and four years old, they are still only … Continue reading

Posted in Life experiences, Teaching and learning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The opening days of Bali

So we are over at Bali. Simply getting here was an adventure in itself. It was an eighteen hour day of driving, hanging out in airports, and a six hour flight. Despite a few dramas, the boys handled it a … Continue reading

Posted in Geography, Life experiences, Nature, Teaching and learning | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

The importance of being relevant

I quite like worksheets myself. They look so organised when planning a curriculum. You can see exactly what you haveĀ covered, and what you plan to practice next. There is a real sense of accomplishment when the book of worksheets is … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching and learning | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

Bark canoes

Last week was largely spent in an aside, looking at traditional boats of the Pacific. The whole thing was fueled by the sudden appearance of a fleet of ocean going canoes. Outside of our field trip, we also spent quite … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

The vaka

Our usual routine was thrown into disorder this week when I stumbled onto the news that a fleet of Pacific Island ocean going canoes were due to arrive at the harbour. The Pacific Islands largely sit on the sidelines of … Continue reading

Posted in History, Life experiences | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Comments

Arrawarra fish traps

Stone age cultures seem to get a raw deal from historians. This is probably because they leave no written records, and relatively few archaeological remains. Also, they lived a lifestyle with almost no cultural commonality to peopleĀ alive today, which makes … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dangerous toys

‘Take a look at this piece of wire. It’s a very heavy gauge, nearly as thick as your finger. It’s very strong. We can hardly bend it. But now look. If we put it into the bolt cutters and give … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching and learning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Cause and effect

Last christmas, my eldest boy was desperate for a bow and arrows. It was all to do with the influence of Tolkien at our house, and his desire to be Legolas. I enjoy archery a great deal myself. As a … Continue reading

Posted in Life experiences, Teaching and learning | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments

The sound of distant voices

Some years ago, when my wife was pregnant with our first boy, I found myself reading a story by a woman who was describing the strained relationship she had with her dad. They had always clashed and then, fairly recently, … Continue reading

Posted in Life experiences | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The catapult

After a week of heavy rains, he had cabin fever. The day lurched along in a not very productive fashion, and then stopped. Lessons were clearly over. I acquiesced, and we settled in to play with Lego. Inspired by a … Continue reading

Posted in Math, Science | Tagged , , , , , , , | 11 Comments