Guardian teacher network and “trembling emblems”

In an unusual twist, the Guardian newspaper here in the UK has opened up its educational resources, which were previously charged for at its now defunct site learn.co.uk, to anyone for free. You do have to register for this – and I’m assuming that if you are in Australia or in other countries that you will be able to access this – but it looks like an opportunity not to miss – at least to check it out. The site promises thousands of resources including lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, whiteboard activities and games. There is a search facility, with an advanced search option which allows you to narrow your search by age and format. Although the resources on offer are likely to be UK based, a quick search on global warming revealed resources which could be used in many countries. For TLs and SLs, this looks like a very good resources.

Alice Oswald in Weeds and Flowers calls them “clear eyed ghosts/who get up in the cold and blink and turn/ into these trembling emblems of night frosts”. We call them snowdrops and at Pitcox House – a 19th century farmhouse which has a gate pier, defined as a pier of brick, masonry etc, from which a gate is suspended by its hinges – there is always the first dramatic display of snowdrops in the district. Out cycling the other day, I caught the “trembling emblems” amongst the winter trees and the large farmhouse in the bright sunshine (see picture below). It did my heart good.

Snowdrops at Pitcox

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One Response to “Guardian teacher network and “trembling emblems””

  1. Sahdy Kay Says:

    Hi there. I have to say I was stunned by the snowdrops. Mine emerge shyly from the mulch as a total surprise most years. i did not know they were capable of such extravagance. I have come across a chapter in a book likening the librarian to a gardener. i must now read it very closely.

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