Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Change of use
The stories that teachers tell are so interesting. Today I was listening to teachers talking in Barnsley … and then Chesterfield… and became fascinated by the way that professional lives are blended with the everyday. I made a note in the margin that said ‘teacher as magpie’ as I heard one teacher describe how a short film that she shot on holiday in Fuerteventura became a stimulus for some creative writing back in school. Another recounted how a pebble found on a beach became a magical object for her class. And then I remembered how Jackie used an old fridge door from a skip as a place to do magnetic letters. Perhaps this creative use of materials is where teaching-as-bricolage begins. Teacher-bricoleurs should be encouraged, because the connections they make are non-standard and they trouble the normalizing discourses of centralized curricula and entrepreneurial publishers.... And now for something completely different – the talented guitarist Annie Clark.
Posted by Guy Merchant at 11:58 AM
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Gosh, what a memory you have - I had forgotten about that old fridge door! It wouldn't pass the 'risk assessment' regime these days...:)
Oooooooh, get you-bricolage!
Leaving my previous childish remark aside for one moment... ahem, I was reading a music magazine today and came across a positive review of a gig featuring an exciting new Glasgow band going by the name of Bricolage....spooooooky or what! (I had never heard the word before & then happen upon it twice within the space of a few days)
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