Individualism and Gratitude in Higher Education 

Higher education can seem somewhat individualistic. I remember one academic comparing teaching to an egg box – where we are all connected but work in individual silos. The mass individualism which may settle in some departments and schools can corrupt the culture and environment of a sector which must influence and educate. I reflect on, but…

Shyness

Interacting with other people makes most people, if not all, uncomfortable at some level. Even the most gregarious and self-confident people are sensitive to and influenced by the opinions of others, especially the opinions others have about them. All of us want to be liked and loved. It is a basic human need. Even if…

Geometry, philosophy, triangles and music

Along with other mathematicians of the time, Pythagoras was largely responsible for introducing a more rigorous mathematics than what had gone before, building from first principles using axioms and logic. Prior to this, geometry for example, had been merely a collection of rules derived by empirical measurement. Pythagoras was interested in the principles of mathematics…

Learning Computer Programming – easy peasy! Sure we’re all tech savvy!?

Learning the fundamentals of coding or programming encourages children to learn skills which will enable them to excel in other subject areas, such as problem solving, computational thinking, critical thinking, art, engineering and design. Computer programming also encourages active creators and enables pattern recognition, counting, comparison – it fosters collaboration amongst students across age groups and skill level.…