The Legacy of Todd Bol – Founder of the Little Free Libraries- by Leigh Anne Eck

I love the idea that Leigh Anne suggests on how to use the weeded stock from your Library in The Legacy of Todd Bol by Leigh Anne Eck.

I will be doing this, and I hope you will join me too.


100 years today

My Dad was born today 10 December 1918, to an unwed School Mistress in Yorkshire.

To my Grandmother for being the strong woman of her time, for her parents who supported her when she lost her job, for having a babe out of wedlock. I did not get to know you, but thank you.

To my Dad, a World War Two Veteran – thank you for your service.

Thank you for being there to dig the children out of the collapsed movie theatre during World War Two. For sailing far from home, to protect home and country. For getting back on the ships after being sunk on them. Thank you also for being part of Dunkirk, though you only spoke of it once, and to my sibling, I know you would have thought of it as doing your duty.

Thanks for being there throughout my childhood. We argued whenI became a teenager, and fought more than once. But you were a man of your times, and that you became in your own words “A feminist” helped me grow into one too.

We may have disagreed more often than agreed, and we were too alike to see eye to eye for long; you were still there after Mum died. You held her through the long fight with cancer, cared for her, and finally told her that you loved her. We held you as you cried that night after she died, the loss of the one constant in our lives.

Before the cancer and the madness, you met the one I would wed. You knew then, that they were a keeper. That they would provide the comfort and protection when your own cancer would take you. Thank you for welcoming them into our lives.

You didn’t get to meet our child, or see the grandkids you had then go on and have children of their own. I wonder, as does my child, what you would have thought of them. Whether your true colours would have shown through, or whether you would have been just glad that I had finally “caught” up with my siblings……

Your birthday is today, I’ve baked a cake to celebrate and honour you. I’ve lit a candle for you as well. I will gather my little family around, and we’ll sing you a Happy Birthday, for without you, there would be no us.

I miss you Dad.



Marxferatu: Teaching Marx with Vampires

A fascinating take on how to teach Marx by introducing the theory with the usage of Vampires. I’m not sure how well this could go down in a classroom, but you just never know unless you give it a try.

Translanguaging – acknowledging first languages

I had the great privilege in hosting and organising a workshop at LMERC on Translanguaging. We’ve pulled together a resource package and published it on the Department of Educations fabulous FUSE.

This free Translanguaging in the Classroom Resource Package contains:

  1. A Prezi presentation created and presented by Mei French at a workshop for teachers held at the Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre 1/11/2018.
  2. Multilingual Teaching-Learning Cycle – example considerations (workshop handout) which includes models using the teaching and learning cycle and links to sites moderated by Mei French where teachers can share lesson plans based on the concepts around translanguaging demonstrated in the workshop.
  3. A curated resource list compiled by the Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre.

Ideas for using this resource:

  • Explanations of the concepts around translanguaging, strategies for use and examples for teacher self-study or group discussion.
  • Practical examples of lesson plans for EAL or mainstream teachers at various levels which utilise the full repertoire of students’ language skills.
  • A resource list of titles or links to journal articles, academic texts and practical activities for teachers for further reading and self-study.
  • The resources in this package are directly relevant to secondary EAL teachers and can be adapted for use in the primary and adult classroom.


Yo Soy/I Am: Interdisciplinary Bilingual Identity Wall

A really simple but effective way of acknowledging the importance of the first language skills of students is her via Yo Soy/I Am: Interdisciplinary Bilingual Identity Wall

To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library

Libraries are social infrastructure, that few influential people understand. Explore this great article from the New York Times, and join in the cause of keeping this public good, alive and well in a place near you.

We need to talk about suicide more

Suicide prevention is something close to my heart. I still remember the phone call, 17 years ago, from my Father, and the desperation in his voice as he reached out for me, and eventually the help we could source for him. The phone call from my organisation’s HR department querying my leave of absence, and their total silence when I told them that the leave was to needed to get to my Father ASAP, still makes me wonder what was going through their heads.

I had the privilege of supervising a team of returned military members, 12 years ago. One of them made a decision, that another team member managed to intervene and halt, which would have been a tragic death. I remember sitting in my office, talking to each of these members separately, and with the other members of my team, as we spoke about how little support at the time was being given to these folk. What they had seen, could never be erased. I supported, and sought out counselling for them. I was there for them.

This article and the articles in USA Today are required reading. If you or anyone you know needs help then I can suggest:




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