Schools

I work with schools in two distinct ways:

  1. As a visiting writer/storyteller reading from my work and/or helping young people to develop their own writing;
  2. As a playful learning consultant:
    • working with schools to develop a playful pedagogy informed by game theory;
    • delivering talks / workshops for teachers / parents / young people on how games and social media engage us, so that we might make more informed choices when engage with these forums.

Visiting writer / storyteller

I love working with children, engaging their creativity and excitement for stories and play. I believe that we are born with curious minds – and that stories and play are powerful ways to continue to engage our curiosity and love of learning.

Becci was very enthusuastic, she engaged and settled the children quickly. She read her story and included the children by creating actions for them to join in with.  She was with the class for only a short time and they left the carpet excited about creating their own stories and even after Becci moved onto another class they still carried on creating their stories enthusiastically.

Brenda (year one teacher)

Playful Learning Consultant

Developing playful pedagogy

I have worked closely with a lead teacher in a High School to develop a playful learning scheme that covers paragraphing, vocabulary, punctuation and grammar in English. The scheme aims to actively engage pupils with the areas of study that can often feel daunting and may more readily lead to children ‘switching off’.

I believe that the application of game mechanics to education can lead to increased engagement, improved results and, potentially, even help to develop growth mindsets.

Learning is a deep human need, […] and like all such needs it is meant to be deeply pleasurable to human beings.

James Paul Gee (educational theorist)

In March 2017, I was invited to give a TEDx talk on the scheme of work and its impact:

I enjoy bringing my expertise in narrative theory and the application of game theory to collaborative developments like this in schools. My aim is to work with teachers to help the children in their classes engage more readily.

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

John Dewey (philosopher and education reformer)

If you think that your school would benefit from some support in this area, please get in touch. I will be delighted to hear from you and to discuss your needs.

Talks on games and social media

Games are incredibly engaging. They are so engaging, that it is becoming commonplace to refer to them as ‘addictive’. Thinking of games as addictive elements can make us wary of them. But we don’t need to be afraid of games, we just need to understand them better.

Games make us happy because they are hard work that we choose for ourselves, and it turns out that almost nothing makes us happier than good, hard work.

Jane McGonigal (game designer and author)

I believe that we can learn from games, and that understanding the methods they employ to win our engagement is probably one of the most important things we can teach in a society that is so full of digital noise.

Social media uses game techniques to win our engagement too. And if we understand the first, we can make better choices about the second.

I offer bespoke talks and/or training to schools for teachers, parents and children about these topics.

If you would like to know more and discuss your needs, contact me to arrange a free consultation.

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