Dumb Luck….and Grammar

by Anna Blanch on March 7, 2011

English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment, and education —  sometimes it’s sheer luck, like getting across the street.  —                                      – E.B. White


A Personal Learning Revolution

by Anna Blanch on July 26, 2010

In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, the talk I posted a couple of days ago, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish. How realistic are Robinson’s suggestions? How do we do this in […]


Schools Are Killing Creativity

by Anna Blanch on July 24, 2010

Like religion and money, Education goes deep with people. That’s a paraphrase from Ken Robinson as he explores the argument that schools kill creativity and  he challenges us to create an educational approach that nurtures creativity. He argues that creativity is as important as literacy. A funny and engaging speaker, Sir Ken Robinson challenges the […]


I really liked Maths (yes, there is an ‘s’ on the end of that word and it is not a spelling mistake) in Highschool. Something happened somewhere after the age of 17 and because I didn’t have to study Maths at university I went a different path – humanities all the way! But I like […]


On Engfish and finding your voice as a writer

by Anna Blanch on February 8, 2010

When I looked out the window yesterday morning the North Sea looked like a sheet of ice. It’s usual white peaked waves appeared frozen and the horizon melded into a haze of fog, a strangely impressionistic clear fog. PGE, a fairly regular commenter on Goannatree alerted me to this article. If you are a teacher […]


I’ve been following the UK debate about research impact, and specifically the REF – see here. Today The Australian reported on similar discussions in Australia. The Department of Education has released a white paper on funding based on the performance of students as opposed to the professors. Among the measures being considered: generic skills tests […]


South Korea and the search for success

by Anna Blanch on November 19, 2009

South Korea’s final highschool exam stops the entire nation. What can one exam tell us about the lifelong capacity to learn?


Ruminating on Language and Culture

by Anna Blanch on September 27, 2009

Prompted by my jet-lagged fuelled inability to remember things and difficulty understanding almost everyone at the moment regardless of their accent I thought i’d share a sweet little post written by a friend of mine, also a sweet thing, who is teaching English in Bangkok for a year. Her blog adventures, misadventures, and thoughts is […]


A Declaration: I Love what I Do but its not what I Love most!!

August 20, 2009

This post is partially a followup to an earlier post – “Passion, vocation, calling, and finidng a Job you actually like” though it has been in the works for some time. See the end of the post for other related Goannatree posts. —————————————————– I love what I do! I also make a Declaration of Dependence. […]

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Growing and making Good thinkers: What makes a good thinker? (part 2)

August 1, 2009

What makes a good thinker? This is a question i’ve posed before…and it seems to be on the minds of a number of visitors to this blog – after all, it is one of the most popular searches on Google that lead people to this blog. One of the things i enjoy the most about […]

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