Category Archives: Words About Learning

Words About Learning: Things

Technology is not the thing: it’s the what facilitates the thing. My GoPro is a camera, as is my phone, iPad and Google Glass. I am surrounded by cameras. But it’s the choices i make, the way i frame the … Continue reading

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Words about learning: themes

This week has seen a series of five ‘words about learning‘: you may have noticed a theme. First we explored sculpture, then weathering. We moved onto a different type of carving with ‘journeymen‘, then talked about metal. They’ve all been … Continue reading

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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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Words about learning: sculpture

There’s a school of thought about sculpture that you have to be able to visualise the shape that’s hiding within the block of stone. I’m not sure about that: the notion that the end result is somehow conceptually present within … Continue reading

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Words about Learning: Salads

I only ever order salad when i’m feeling guilty about something. It’s a kind of easy culinary karma after yesterdays platter of fried eggs (a mistake in my Dutch translation with a heavy cholesterol consequence). If it’s not part of … Continue reading

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