Friday was both the final day of this year’s PGCE, and the Festival of Education, both taking place in/around the lawns of Grove House. Sadly this meant I only got to see half of each of them. Teaching Computational Thinking through marble runs / Unplugged I was very unsure how my morning session would go.
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Taking a break from Lesson Planning, my half-term “holiday” so far being a 24/7 work marathon, I wondered why I felt so tired. Partly it’s that there’s little opportunity for physical exercise or break – looking out the window, it’s freezing cold, it’s wet, it’s pitch black from afternoon onwards. Not conducive to relaxation. Which
We live at an amazing time: Computer-programming is SO YOUNG and yet SO ADVANCED that it really is possible to learn everything, from scratch, the way it was invented, and to do so on a sensible timescale. You cannot “learn all of Maths” – you have millenia to catch-up on – but you can “learn
Starting the PGCE, I’d been warned the workload would be very high. What I underestimated was the financial risks. I’d worked out that the finances would be OK but depressing: £16,000 of debt, only £7,000 of which you get to spend (rest goes to the University) a “salary” of between £5,000 and £25,000 (depending on