Other Musings · Travel

Why Are Dutch Children The Happiest In The World?

  We’ve been in Amsterdam for just over two months now and I’m just starting to scratch beneath the surface of the city. I know the tourist traps and when to avoid them, I can recommend at least one coffee shop (both kinds), I know a good place to get pancakes and have a favourite… Continue reading Why Are Dutch Children The Happiest In The World?

Education

What Should Children Be Reading?

I don’t remember learning to read. I consider it a huge privilege that I only have memories of being a reader. I think it’s because I was quite nosy and once I’d mastered talking, which those that know me won’t be surprised to find out was at a very young age, I didn’t want to… Continue reading What Should Children Be Reading?

Education

Do I Miss Teaching?

Next week it will be six months since I taught my last lesson. That sounds a bit like an AA introduction doesn’t it? “Hi my name is Zoe.”  “Hi Zoe!” “It has been six months since my last lesson.” And then you all clap. I think. I’ve never been to AA but I’ve seen films. Last… Continue reading Do I Miss Teaching?

Education

Is There Something Wrong With How We Teach Children To Write?

The idea for this post came to me at 10:35am whilst I was boarding a train at Amsterdam Centraal.  We were heading to Cologne to check out the Christmas markets. I spent the entire two-hour journey scribbling down the idea on a piece of paper my husband had been using as a bookmark. (I normally… Continue reading Is There Something Wrong With How We Teach Children To Write?