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25/3/18: an incident on a bus

Recently I was on the lower deck of a double decker bus.  As is usual in the UK, there was space about 1/2 way back for a wheel chair on one side and a baby's push chair on the other.  I was sitting on a seat on the second row behind the gap for the wheelchair.

So, the bus filled up.  A mother brought a baby in a pushchair so that filled that space.  Then an elderly woman came on with a shopping trolley and sat in front of me, immediately behind the gap for the wheel chair, putting her shopping trolley against the other seat.

25/2/18: let's support OXFAM - and other news stories

Over the last week or so I've been grappling with three news stories and trying to work out what I make of them.  These are the sex scandal surrounding OXFAM and other aid agencies, the school shooting in Florida, and the UK University lecturers' strike over pension arrangements.  If I may I'll take these in turn, as always, very interested to know what you think.

The idea that aid workers working on the field should be paying locals for sex, or making aid conditional upon sexual favours, is, of course, abhorrent, and cuts against all principles of development, empowerment, independence, and so on.

17/2/18: looking to understand the Book of Job

For some years now I've been reading through the Bible each year, alongside gradually going through the Bible also using the New International Version Application Commentary (NIVAC) as a guide.  Have to say, going through the Bible is a great discipline which I would thoroughly recommend to all Christians in getting to know the Bible better.

The scheme I use has a portion each day from each of the Psalms and Proverbs, then about two chapters from the rest of the Old Testament and an average of just less than one chapter from the New Testament.

14/2/18: at school (5): report from assembly and dancing

In my last two posts I wrote about two upcoming things which have now happened: my assembly in Holocaust Week and joining the school staff dancing troupe.  So let me now report back on these two things!

Firstly the assembly.  Just to recap: I started from Simon Wiesenthal's account in 'The Sunflower' when, as a concentration camp prisoner in the Second World War, he was asked to forgive a young German soldier dying from battle wounds who had previously been involved in the massacre of a group of Jews, finishing with a clear Christian message of forgiveness at the foot of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

21/1/18: at school (4): I've joined the staff dance troupe!

It all started with the school carol service, held in a church building a short walk from school.  I was playing the Organ and, because of the layout of the building, quite a large number of people - particularly colleagues - had a clear view of me playing.  In kindly thanking me afterwards, a number of people particularly commented on my use of the pedal board, and I can see that, if you've not seen an Organist in operation at close quarters before, that is likely to be the most striking feature of what you're seeing.

14/1/18: at school (3): assembly in Holocaust Week coming up

The week after next is Holocaust Week, assemblies that week at school reflect that theme and I'm due to be speaking to our year 10 cohort - 14-15 year olds.  Please see below a draft of what I'm intending to say, I'm assuming, of course, that nobody who's going to be there is reading this now!  I'd be interested in any feedback you might have, particularly, I'm intending to finish as indicated but am wondering about finishing with a prayer.  What do you think?

7/1/18: at school (2): individuals in classes

A very happy new year to all my readers, I trust that 2018 will bring peace, prosperity and happiness to you and all you love.  Christmas already seems a long time ago, doesn't it?

We went back to school on Wednesday to a full teaching day.  I'm searching my memory cells and am sure that, last time I was school teaching on a full time basis, the first day of term was a training day, a concept which had only just been formalised at the time by the then Secretary of State Kenneth Baker.

31/12/17: looking foward to the year ahead

I trust you've had a wonderful Christmas, celebrating the birth of our crucified, risen and ascended Lord Jesus, with a wonderful 2018 ahead of you.

I'm aware that I've not put much on my blog recently, so thank you for coming back!  The first term teaching was a bit overwhelming to be honest, although by the end of the term I felt I was one step behind rather than 3 which seemed like a big improvement.  Various thoughts to share on such matters as the use of Google and classroom management, so watch this space!

12/11/17: at school: an act of remembrance

Now that the problems with the website are fixed I'm working towards again putting up a weekly blog post.  I've got some more general reflections on working in school teaching again in preparation in my mind, but today I wanted to tell you about one particular thing.

Here in the UK the nearest Sunday to 11th November is Remembrance Sunday, corresponding to the First World War finishing in 1918 on that date.  Working with youngsters at this time is a reminder just how fast time goes by, with current affairs very quickly becoming history.

29/10/17: is good maths teaching a branch of geography?

My apologies for the gap in posting to this blog, a combination of life being very busy and problems with my website provider which are now solved.  I look forward to reflecting on working in school again shortly, meanwhile, I realised that I'd written the piece below a while ago, based on my conference talk in April, and thought you might be interested to see it.  As always, very pleased to hear what you think!
 
 
Introduction
In the 1980s comedy series, “Yes, Minister” there was an episode “The Moral Dimension” in which it became apparent that a British contract in a fictional Middle Eastern country had come about through bribery.
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21/1/18: at school (4): I've joined the staff dance troupe!

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