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October 08, 2010

Film @ Warwick Arts Centre

http://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/education/national-schools-film-week/

The up and coming week is National Schools Film Week - I may not get the opportunity to visit as the programme of events clashes with many lectures/workshops, but true to my word, I shall indeed try.

I had a really good meeting with John Gore, Film Programmer, Warwick Arts Centre earlier.  

Film is a hugely powerful medium and one that young people, I feel, have a natural affinity with.  Such is the fast-paced nature of youths lives, the growth of consumerism and IT, film should be identified as a medium which can be the friend of the classroom.

If you agree with me, send me your thoughts and let's see how we can build relations with the largest Arts Centre outside London.


Coco the Rottweiler

Coco

In April this year, I became the proud owner of a pedigree rottweiller, her name is Coco.  Upon my secondary research of the breed, I learnt that this is a difficult dog for first time owners due to the high level of intelligence of the dog, it's over-territorial nature, and later insubordinance to the pack leader.  The successful pack leader will be firm yet fair, consistent yet compassionate and will adhere to the three pillars of every dogs' need of affection, discipline and excercise.

Although I was a first time dog owner, Coco, thankfully is generally a calm an d submissive dog whose behaviour and routine is very consistent.  The behaviour is due to the fact she is from a pedigree lineage.  Her parents were born here, their parents were born here, but the previous three generations, all of which are Kennel Club registered, are from Germany.  The consistence of her routine is in large part down to her human family.  She wakes, eats, plays, relieves herself at the same time of the day.

Readers of this blog may wonder why I am spending time introducing them to Coco.  The answer is simple.  Through my observation of successful teachers, I have learnt that they possess similar traits to those required by owners of calm submissive dogs. 

Besides sustainance and physical activity, a good dog owner provides mental stimulation, praise and discipline.  These pillars of success are no different from an outstanding teacher.


First placement

Greetings,

I have been made aware of my where I will be placed for my first placement and am very happy indeed.  It's nearby, is a new-build with great resources and has a high reputation to boot.  

I have visited the location, for ethical reasons I shall not name the institution, I got lost on more than one occasion so it will be good to resume my duel with the corridors, elevators and stairwells that caused me some degree of head scratching on previous visits.  I did feel I was pretty good at orienting myself so it caused me considerable, yet not insurmountable pain.  




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