Tapestry Conference 25.9.07

Support for young people http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2007/09/25114355 
Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop said on Tuesday 25 September, at the Tapestry Partnership conference, that early intervention to help children get a positive start in life, would be one of the hallmarks of the Scottish Government.

I’m sure all of us in SfL would agree this is good news from the new Governemt Minister.Among the speakers at the conference, at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, was Professor Lord Robert Winston, presenter of the TV series ‘Child of Our Time’. His book, ‘What Makes me Me?’, looks like a useful resource for those of us helping young people to understand more about themselves. Winston writes: ‘Your body, brain and the way you think, act, and behave are all related – and they all contribute to making you different from everybosy else’.The book includes lots of quizzes ‘designed to make it fun to find out just what makes you YOU’.

Winston stressed the centrality of the affective domain in supporting effective learning – no news there then, although presented in an entertaining way. He also mentioned the importance of fish oils – see the earlier post on the Dyslexia Scotland conference. (I still don’t know how to make links. Sorry). And here’s something from an esteemed journal on the same theme:

 Pupils’ daily dose of fish oil boosts exam performance http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=481430&in_page_id=1770

There was a distinctly fishy theme. Prof. Winston also showed a short clip of a goldfish swimming aimlessly around  its bowl studiously ignoring red worms dropped in to entice it to feed. It then watched a video (I kid you not!) of a mummy fish catching and eating red worms whereupon the penny dropped and it began to feast upon the delicacies. A message for us all about scaffolding,apprenticeship and modelling.


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