Category Archives: Words

Words about learning: metal

Some metals are malleable: easily formed and shaped. Others shatter: cast once, never to move again. Some metals are rare and exotic, exhibiting strange behaviours when heated or chilled, essential components of smartphones and batteries. Others are mundane, tedious, common … Continue reading

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Words about learning: journeyman

I’ve shared this story before: in the old days, watermills and windmills littered the countryside. You took your grain there to be ground between giant millstones. Those stones slowly wore down, the grooves cut in their surface faded away, until … Continue reading

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Words about learning: weathering

Yesterday i wrote about sculpture: but what happens when it’s finished and left outside? First it gleams, standing out from it’s environment, then it develops a patina, it starts to fit in. Finally it degrades, slowly becoming part of the … Continue reading

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Communicating

I’m writing in the apartment in Amsterdam today, up on the fourth floor, looking out over the city. It’s a bright day, clear views. This morning i’ve been communicating with colleagues in the UK, the US, Germany, Ireland and Asia. … Continue reading

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How do you find the time to write? Reflection and agility in learning

Is the wrong question: ‘why don’t you find the time to write?‘ would be better. Agile learners are able to pick up ideas and test them out rapidly, they iterate various behaviours and approaches to test out what lets them … Continue reading

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How do we communicate? A song about the languages of learning

I’m editing my new book on ‘music in learning‘ and trying to draw out my thoughts into some practical models around the subject. Part of this involves trying to characterise how we use different the different languages of learning to … Continue reading

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Music and learning: drawing my conclusions

Today i’m finishing the first draft of my book on ‘music in learning’. In this chapter, i’m drawing the ideas together: in many ways, it’s the most fun part to write. This is the first draft of that chapter: This … Continue reading

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Making time: why we need to dedicate time to learning

Monday morning and my diary is clear. All week. Since January i’ve had my eye on this week to write and, miraculously, i’ve managed to keep it clear, so this week is dedicated to finishing my next book on ‘music … Continue reading

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People connect with people: why a conversational tone of voice suits social learning

I was up in London earlier this week, sat in the reception of the Gherkin, one of the landmark buildings that houses a number of my clients. Ah, i thought, they’ve changed the chairs. They used to have large red … Continue reading

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Communication: harder than you might think

It would be nice to think that ‘message sent’ is always ‘message received’, but it is, of course, not the case. Our ability to miscommunicate is only matched by our certainty that our communication skills are superb. Finding our what’s … Continue reading

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