Nothing! | Lisa Ashes

Nothing! | Lisa Ashes

Last year, schools participated in a day of putting aside tools, whiteboards, pens, paper and other resources (that are so readily at our fingertips here in the UK) to develop a sense of empathy for those not so well resourced.

#NakedTeachingDay is back!

Why?

The concept emerged from working in schools in both Ghana and Nepal where the contrast between rich and poor is even more stark than we see at home. The poorest communities have schools that operate on very little. Teachers don’t get paid on time, books from the government don’t always show up and resources are pitiful. Goats…

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Thought Bombing Nepal | Lisa Ashes

Thought Bombing Nepal | Lisa Ashes

The following lesson idea was used this week to introduce a group of challenging students to Nepal. This lesson introduced a scheme of learning designed to get pupils comparing their experiences with the experiences of children in other places. The students that this lesson was created for have social and behavioural difficulties. By exploring the lives of others, the aim is to develop empathy and understanding beyond themselves. Feel free to use it as a PHSE lesson, a descriptive writing lesson or any other lesson for which it may be useful.

CONNECT

Students learned that, during my visit…

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“Some…are More Equal Than Others” | Lisa Ashes

“Some…are More Equal Than Others” | Lisa Ashes

Good Times

Lincs2Nepal get communities ready for education through practical solutions to real problems.

Jeevan Jyoti School is a joy to support. Teachers have accepted us into their school family. Progress is being made in teaching and learning, critique, raising minimum standards, pupil engagement, use of resources, leadership and teacher reflection. Each time we visit, relationships get stronger and the training becomes more targeted. This visit saw a group of self-funded teachers

Once ready, WWEP move schools forwards through teacher training and curriculum planning.

from Darton…

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The Whole Class Essay | Lisa Ashes

The Whole Class Essay | Lisa Ashes

Have a go at solving the following problem:

Is a non-spherically symmetric gravitational pull from outside the observable Universe responsible for some of the observed motion of large objects such as galactic clusters in the universe?

Feeling up for it? Probably not… When I want educated professionals to experience the fear of overwhelming tasks, I use unsolved physics problems like this as a metaphor for the ‘too difficult.’ This fear can have a disabling effect on the learning process. If you do not have the skills, tools, experience or knowledge to overcome fear, you may switch off and…

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Improving Classroom Practice: Questioning | Lisa Ashes

Improving Classroom Practice: Questioning | Lisa Ashes

What are the purpose of this teacher’s questions? 

Apparently, teachers ask up to two questions every minute, equating to millions of questions over their career. No matter how true or false those statistics are for you, undoubtedly, you do ask questions in your daily practice. How many of the questions you are asking have real purpose? Do you plan them before the lesson or do they pop into your head as you teach?

Coaching teachers on their use of questioning, I know harnessing questions for purpose can have a powerful impact upon: pupil outcomes, effective assessment, deep thinking,…

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Teaching Humans First | Lisa Ashes

Teaching Humans First | Lisa Ashes

“We are teaching humans first!” Father Joman, Nepal

Big shoes are better than no shoes!

Nepal is a beautiful country, beautiful but poor. As you fly alongside the picturesque mountains, listening to the adventurous rich talk through the splendour of what they are about to experience on their trails, it’s difficult to conceive that amongst the beauty of the wild forests, misty peaks and winding rivers, there are villages that are barely surviving.

This is a country that is filled with division. Division between rich and poor; between faiths; between men and women and between communities…

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Ghana A – Z Reflections | Lisa Ashes

Ghana A – Z Reflections | Lisa Ashes

What do you do after a REALLY long day? Imagine…You were woken up at 6am by a worried looking driver who, despite nobody giving you a start time, is expecting you to be ready to go…NOW! You race to the venue and find that the “five or six” members of staff you are told will be attending your training was clearly misinterpreted somewhere. There are 90 teachers eagerly awaiting you; you have thirty minutes to re-plan before the day begins; everybody wants to talk to you, meaning that you have zero minutes to rethink. You want to scream, “Give me a minute!!!” You know that you are a guest in…

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Ghana – What’s the Point? | Lisa Ashes

Ghana – What’s the Point? | Lisa Ashes

Arriving at SOS Tema, was much like walking onto a holiday resort. Palm trees and terracotta roofs confused our understanding of where we really were. This village is home to over 160 orphans yet it looked like something out of a Thompson’s Select brochure. Our apartment was clean and spacious with everything we could possibly need and more. What the hell are we doing here?

The SOS villages have been in existence for over forty years. Founded by Herman Gmerner, he had a vision to create a safe place, where orphaned children could experience family and education; no matter how poor their…

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Empathy or Sympathy? | Lisa Ashes

Empathy or Sympathy? | Lisa Ashes

“I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations…As soon as you have a pro peace rally, I’ll be there.” Mother Teresa

A group of people who #GAF came together to think about how we can turn simply caring into action. This Saturday’s topic was “Beyond the Bake Sale: A Pedagogy of Possibility.” This topic made me nervous as I am continually searching my soul to understand why I am giving my time to charity. Am I doing it out of a selfish need to make myself feel better or a naive assumption that I can change the world? I’m hardly Mother Teresa… what can I do? Volunteers, Natalia from…

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#NakedTeachingDay and The Future | Lisa Ashes

#NakedTeachingDay and The Future | Lisa Ashes

Now that #NakedTeachingDay is over, you can fire up your iPads, switch on the IWB and crack open the big pen box again. It was only ever one day without resources; one day, imagined to get teachers feeling what it might be like to go every day without.

Many schools like Framwellgate (above) and Carswell School (below) looked like they were having a ball! Tables and chairs were removed, whiteboards were switched off, rubbish was used to create toys and human interactions were happening all over the place. These two schools also added a good chunk of much needed cash to our total… Thank…

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