BBC News – Shouting out in class ‘helps pupils to learn’

Pupils who shout out in class achieve better results than their counterparts who appear to be better behaved and quiet, suggests research.A study of primary school pupils found children who “blurt out” responses perform better in maths and English.The Durham University study looked at 12,000 pupils in England.”Although it may seem disruptive, blurting out of…

Abbey Road Viewed from Knaresborough Low Bridge

Knaresborough Basking In Sunshine

After a hectic morning, I went out for a walk to get some fresh air and clear my head. Knaresborough was basking in the sunshine. If it wasn’t for the freezing cold, I thought I was somewhere in the mediterranean. I hope you like the photos I’ve taken.         Abbey Road Viewed…

Just One of those days

Today was spent trying to keep myself awake, going to meetings and agreeing jobs with clients. Considering I was almost sleep walking, it was rather a fruitful day with two projects earned today. However, it meant I didn’t manage to write much. It’s just one of those days in the life of a self-employed copywriter,…

Stop Your Mental Decline

Decline in mental function starts early According to a new research conducted by the researchers from the Centre for Research in Epidemiology Population Health in France and University College London, our mental function can start to decline when we hit 45. The researchers studied over 7,000 civil servants aged between 45 and 70, over a…

22 Blogs Posted and I Feel Like Quitting

At the beginning of this year I set myself a challenge: to write on my blog daily, Monday to Friday for the whole year. I called it my 252 days challenge. It’s the end of the month and I confess that the temptation of giving it up is getting more difficult to resist. So far…

Caught on Camera

Aside from writing I also love taking pictures. Not that I’m any good at it but with digital cameras, I don’t have to spend loads of money on developing daft images. Naturally, my favourite subjects are my kids. Here are some of my favourite pictures I’ve taken. I’ve chosen them, not because they are great…

The Demons of Motherhood

    When I gave birth to my first born nine years ago, it seems that I gave birth to two demons in my head too: guilt and worry. Since then, I seem to be spending my time chasing them away with my big stick but to no avail. Yes, maternal guilt and worry are…

Television Is Not Evil

Complain about your favourite children’s TV programme or mention children and television together in the news and you will get comments like these: “turn the telly off, and get your fat children out in the air making mud pies and climbing trees and generally being children, the streets are not occupied by perverts and people…