Jan 20, 2020
Ian Long, creator of Blob Trees, is to lead a one off exclusive course in Cumbria in March on how you can develop your understanding of Blob Trees as a communication tool both for P4C and other lessons, such as PSHE.
The course, which is being held on Tuesday 3 March from 1pm to 4.30pm at Ullswater Community College, Penrith, is an opportunity for primary and secondary teachers and trainers to learn more about the methodology of the infamous Blob Trees.
The afternoon, which costs just £40 per person, will also provide a chance to reflect on the benefit of more creative and visual tools for communication for learners, especially for evaluation purposes.
What are Blobs?
Blobs are simple. They deal with deep issues using the primary languages we learn from infancy – feelings and body language. This is why they are used with children as young as 4, all the way through to the elderly.
The Blobs are neither male nor female, young nor old, European nor African, ancient nor modern. They are outside of culture.
Blobs are the best of us and the worst of us. They don’t tell us what we ought to do, or what we mustn’t do…they merely show us how a variety of people feel or think.
What will the course be like?
Ian will be introducing a wide range of Blob tools and approaches from the range of thousands of products used in schools, health practices, counselling work and people-focused groups from around the world. For instance, we could use the Blobs as a stimulus for P4C – do you agree or disagree with this contestable statement - 'True friendship has no masks'? Why?
And we will consider how can we use Blob Trees as an evaluation tool – which Blob (from the tree above) was your thinking like during the P4C enquiry?
The sessions will be interactive.
There will also be an informal and optional opportunity to meet during the morning to network and collaborate on other ideas for creative evaluation tools, and perhaps run a P4C enquiry using a stimulating Blob image.
The main input around the Blobs will be in the afternoon.
Who should come along?
The course is an opportunity for primary and secondary teachers and trainers to learn more about Blob Trees. Although we expect many of the attendees will be familiar with P4C, this is not essential. All welcome. Just bring a curiosity to find out more!
When is it again?
Tuesday 3 March 2020
1pm to 4.30pm
£40 per person
At Ullswater Community College, Penrith
Ullswater Community College is less than 15-minutes walk from Penrith Train Station on the main West Coast Line (one and a half hours direct from Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh and a bit more from Newcastle by train).
How do I book on?
To book your place, please email CDEC at firstname.lastname@example.org
Places are limited so please book your place today!