Classroom power dynamics: Analogy of the solar system

Anyone used to working with young people in teaching/facilitation type roles, will know the experience of the butterflies in the stomach that arises when faced with the challenge of trying to encourage a group to be motivated in the task at hand.    All eyes staring at you, waiting for you to say something meaningful and worthy of

Glimpse of a silver lining in cloudy times (?)

In a time when we don’t trust politicians, when everyone is cynical and we are questioning why we even bother to get out of bed in the mornings because those in power don’t listen to us…..well I’m here to buck the trend! I’m going to take two politicians at face value, and see how far it

THE CLASS: The Critical Pedagogy of Teacher/Student relationships, and systems as oppression in schools

To download this paper as a pdf click here.   An analysis of the film ‘The Class’, (Entre les murs) from the perspective of critical pedagogy.  I will be extending this article into a chapter for my PhD, where I will use data from interviews I conducted with participants of community media education activity to