Kids (and reviewers) say the funniest things!

I needed a bit of light relief this week as our unit is currently being externally reviewed. It’s a very thought provoking process and I actually really quite enjoyed being interviewed by the review panel but I’m not sure if that was supposed to be the case. The review is led by Nigel Paine along with Don Williams and Paul Ramsden. The panel are a good mix having experience of delivering professional development to a large organisation (namely BBC) through Nigel, technology research through Don who is head of Microsoft Research (U.S.) and the academic perspective through Paul Ramsden and his work leading up the Higher Education Academy.

I’ll not go into detail about any of that business but I was amused by the empowering manner of Nigel, every time anyone expressed a wish or desire for something it was “So why hasn’t it happended, why haven’t you just done it?” – if only life was that simple.

I went home to the kids who were busy cutting up cardboard. I asked them what they were making to which they replied “bombs”. I was a bit taken aback by this and said something about “that’s not very nice” – to which Jordan replied “yes it is, it’s very creative”. They were actually creating cardboard surfboards from which they launched cardboard bombs on an unsuspecting cardboard population (like a cardboard version of the Silver Surfer). Is this creative or distructive? Is it showing violent tendancies towards people of the cardboard variety? – I’m not quite sure but they did enjoy it (and we recycled the cardboard).

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About willwoods
I'm Head of Learning and Teaching Technologies in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University.

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