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Professor Tom O'Donoghue shared some of his deeply felt and hard earned beliefs about teaching at the very successful launch of his 25th book "Understanding Contemporary Education' at Phoenix Academy on the 11th of November.

He touched on his worries about the loss of solitude and the consequent loss of opportunity for deep thought and reflection. Tom stands as a great example of the value of solitude as we learnt about the locked door behind which he works and ponders from 7 am to 10.00 am every day.

On Monday I came to work and locked myself in my seldom used teacher training office. I sat down read through the material for a course I am developing on Language, Literacy and Numeracy. In short, I got a lot done and felt the benefit of focussing on one thing deeply for a period of time.

A fine lesson from a distinguished Professor.

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  • Comment Link R Walsh Wednesday, 14 December 2016 09:33 posted by R Walsh

    Solitude is aligned with freedom. Freedom to develop a curriculum and teaching experiences that match the needs of your students not the restrictive requirements of an overly dense national curriculum. We need to work hard to create a case for teachers to be more autonomous to create space in their learning environment for children to be reflective and to learn in solitude


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