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Gilly Smith

Done (in)

Gina’s feedback means a big redraft but also that the help doesn’t stop today, deadline day. I shall publish, and with expert help, but for now, today, I’m done. I still have to grapple with the concept of methodology and finding an academic tone that is not a straitjacket but from today, I step out of the course and into the real world of academic publication. It helps that The…

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And now, the end is near..

My 4000 article is done, the film is ready to be cut, my research has found original findings and I’m really rather excited.  This summer, I shall take it to the next stage of testing whether or not the teaching of dance in secondary schools can make kids want to write, as well as give them some rhythm with their words. If six out of eight Year 9 students said…

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When The Chips Are Down

I do love a bit of ‘Thought for the Day’ on Radio 4. A sleepless night over the thought of what Dave’n’Nick are planning to do to our already creaking overdraft and I’m told to ponder on the notion of simplicity. And the vicar is right; I was never one for consumerism anyway. Poor is cool these days, and very soon everyone will be growing their own rather than leaving…

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Effective Communication (DfE 1995)

I do love Twitter. Of all the thousands of words I’ve written on this subject now and the millions in the books and articles I’ve ploughed through to find out how to encourage young people to breathe out in their writing, Twitter forces me to think what it’s all about. And at the end of this project (for now), with original findings and a hugely exciting urge to go and…

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So What?

“Man’s ideal state is realized when he has fulfilled the purpose for which he is born. And what is it that reason demands of him? Something very easy—that he live in accordance with his own nature.? ~ Seneca from Letters from a Stoic I do love those Philosophers’ Notes that pop into my inbox every day, and as I thought about the next pearl of writer’s wisdom to give you,…

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