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Learning from other professions

I've been reading a book recently about learning to teach in primary schools.  Not because I have any desire to be a teacher (primary or otherwise), but for tips on managing large numbers of children.  I was originally focused on the chapters on classroom management, planning and keeping children interested. But I have trouble only... Continue Reading →


Time. It’s something we all have (but never enough). It speeds past when we’re having fun (but drags when we’re not). It is the most versatile resource we have (but it is so very easily squandered). One of the themes of the Girlguiding 2020 Vision is “Capacity” – that is, “working collaboratively to improve our... Continue Reading →

The Mystery of Alice the Camel

Camels are part of the family Camelidae, whose other members include llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos. They’re in the order Artiodactyla, or even-toed ungulates, whose weight is borne by the third and fourth toes. Horses are from the family Equidae in the order Perissodactyla, or odd-toed ungulates. Their weight is borne by the third toe... Continue Reading →

Remembrance Parade

Warning: this post starts out as a story about my weekend, but quickly degenerates into philosophy.  I say some controversial things.  If you don't like it, feel free to say so, but please be polite about it. Yesterday was Remembrance Sunday. In common with a lot of other people around the country, I attended a... Continue Reading →

The Story of the Girl Guides, by Rose Kerr

This book was originally published in 1932, but I read the revised and updated 1964 edition. The book tracks the movement from its very beginnings to the formation of the World Association, ending in 1963, when there were 5.25 million girls in 68 countries involved. It contains, all through, anecdotes and quotes from magazines, letters,... Continue Reading →

Too many nine-year-olds

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I have a lot of nine-year-olds.  Specifically, a lot of almost-ten-year-olds, who are on their last term at Brownies. I have more of them than there are Sixes, meaning that if we leave things as they are, some of the girls won’t get to be a Sixer. ... Continue Reading →


I’m free. Finally, blessedly, blissfully free. My last exam was yesterday, and it was not a horrible experience.  Now all I have to do is wait until December to find out the results, finish my work based skills log and persuade my boss to read it and sign it off.  Which might actually be harder... Continue Reading →

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