Getting Going…

Hi class,

Now that we are up and running a little more smoothly, I thought we should maybe use this blog for class writing before it goes live on the PA Writing blog.

In addition, I’m going to post a few bits and bobs here that should keep you busy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

First up is the question we are investigating:

What skills and knowledge do youย need in order to be successful after school… and how well does school prepare you for this?

Obviously, this is a very open question and task, and you are welcome to bring any relevant information to the discussion… IF YOU CAN BACK IT UP WITH EVIDENCE!

The usual rules with evidence will apply: Give the source, and be prepared to turn any or all of it into your own words.

I thought I’d point you at a couple of resources to get you started:

The first is the UK version of Did You Know. There is/was a Scottish version, but I cannot find it online. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The second is by Sir Ken Robinson. It’s long, and you may get a bit lost, but his story about the girl who couldn’t sit still in the second half of the video is brilliant… and so is the bit about Shakespeare’s dad (near the middle):

If the embedded video doesn’t work, here’s a direct link:ย http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

I’ll post some questions through the week to keep you occupied… but for now, watch these and start thinking about the skills or knowledge you will need after school. Ask your parents/relations about the things they learned at school that are of use to them… and which things they wish they’d been taught.

Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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