Author Archives: jamestheo

An art history of exam season

Originally posted on Othmar's Trombone:
I’m happy to present to you the third post in a series of art histories of education. Previously, we have looked at how artists have depicted both school inspections and the back to school…

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Recipes for Teachers: A Cookbook for the Exhausted Educator

Originally posted on Othmar's Trombone:
Whilst rooting around in a local charity bookshop today, I came across a real treasure: Recipes for Teachers. It appears to be a collection of recipes put together to help busy teachers get through the…

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A Glossary of U.K. Education (Vol. 5)

Originally posted on Othmar's Trombone:
After a six month hiatus, we are pleased to present Vol. 5 of our ongoing glossary. For previous volumes, please follow these links: Vol. 1 Vol. 2 Vol. 3 Vol. 4 APP /eɪ.piː.piː./ abbrev.…

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Rejected ideas for ‘Get Into Teaching’ Christmas adverts

Originally posted on Othmar's Trombone:
Christmas advertising, we are told, has “hit a record high” this year, with a unparalleled £6bn being thrown at advertising agencies to produce that perfect television commercial for high street stores. In recent years,…

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The Little Book of Tycche: The Finnish Art of Wellbeing in Teaching

Originally posted on Othmar's Trombone:
So, you’ve read all about hygge, lykke, lagom and ikagai, and followed all of the guidance but none of these things have made a dent on improving your work/life balance in teaching, right? ? ? ?…

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“This debate doesn’t happen in schools”

Originally posted on Othmar's Trombone:
Ah, the good old debate around traditional and progressive philosophies of education. An important debate for some and one that such people tell us has given them enlightenment and understanding about what they do…

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An art history of back to school

Originally posted on Othmar's Trombone:
Ever since I published ‘An art history of school inspections’ a few years ago, studying the way that art has portrayed schools has been somewhat of a hobby of mine. In this post, I’ll…

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