Just the facts? | @cazzwebbo

Questions for Debate

Who selects the facts?

If we didn’t have facts, would we have opinions?

If we didn’t have opinions, would we need to go back to the facts?

Are facts open to interpretation?

Do we ever have all the facts?

How do we know when a fact is a fact?

Is a fact a fact only until we can prove it wrong?

To ensure something is a fact must we be able to test it?

Is this the nature of science?

Can we make the teaching of English scientific?

Should we have a sub-discipline of English language and literature called English facts? Or are English language and…

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A UAE 600ft tall outdoor climbing wall – but what to call it? | @cazzwebbo

While I’m travelling through the UAE desert between Dubai and Abu Dhabi at the speed of light on the ‘Desert Bullet’ and I whiz past the 300m high Golden Camel while drones the size of hot air balloons lift sightseers on top to have their souvenir photos taken, my mind drifts to what else the UAE needs to start breaking more world records.

One thing that came to mind was a climbing wall. So I googled that and it turns out that Abu Dhabi is actually all set to have the world’s tallest indoor climbing wall, ‘Clymb’, which is due to open next to Yas Mall next year. It’s going to be 43 meters,…

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My UAE statue will be bigger than yours… a golden camel, pearl or something else though? | @cazzwebbo

The Wikipedia list of the world’s tallest statues (see http://ift.tt/2bOiCA4) surprisingly does not include any in the UAE. Neither does the UAE appear to have any large statues in the pipeline if this list (http://ift.tt/2nOkIG5) of planned statues is anything to go by.

So what would the UAE have to do to break current and forthcoming planned world’s largest statue records? Firstly, they would have to construct something that was taller than Myanmar’s current Laykyun Setkyar depicting Buddha and…

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Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 15 minutes by ‘Desert Bullet’? Bring it on! | @cazzwebbo

This is nothing to do with teaching or English, unless you want to connect this post to the use of superlatives… Dubai and the UAE are famous for attempts to break the biggest and best in records for global competitiveness. Dubai’s Burj Khalifa currently stands as the tallest building in the world. The Burj Al Arab is the world’s only 7 star hotel. The Emirate’s Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi is the world’s most expensive hotel. The next few years will also see the development of the world’s biggest mall. What else could we dream about seeing in the UAE that would break new highs while also making…

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Ponderings about the extent to which knowledge organisers are effective | @cazzwebbo

Knowledge Organisers (KOs) are a very nifty, one page (usually) grid that can be used as a revision tool. They focus on facts, keywords, key terms and quotes, perhaps characters and their traits (if English focused KOs), and important definitions. Yes, they are therefore a good aide de memoir. 

You can, much like flash cards and mind maps, use them to revise a topic and test yourself, or have other people test you. They are in that sense an essential tool and piece of educational armour that should not be left out. 

What they don’t seem to include, however, are a range of questions in…

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Expecting Things to Spark up at Sunmarke’s Saturday Teachmeet! This Saturday!! | @cazzwebbo

Great line up of speakers, discussion topics and live action to get involved in this Saturday morning at Sunmarke School’s first ever Teachmeet, taking place at JVT based campus, Dubai, UAE. 

I’ll be giving some tips away on how to make a learning mat. Can’t wait – hope to see you there!! 

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Fitness and Literacy News: Hot off the Press! TribeFit Trendsetting Gym to Support Sunmarke Teachmeet on January 28th! | @cazzwebbo

Dubai Marina’s trendiest, hottest and most socially active gym is set to liven up the forthcoming Sunmarke teachmeet to give a wake-up call to teachers and other interested delegates and presenters on Saturday 28th January.

TribeFit trainers will make a special guest appearance to get the event off to an energizing, rejuvenating and replenishing start with a January inspired New Year’s fitness resolution style Saturday morning stretch class lasting just 10 minutes at 10.30am.

As already announced via an extensive range of social media channels, Sunmarke School will be hosting a literacy…

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