I had a great time down in Hawkes Bay over the weekend, running a Schol Bio workshop for teachers & students from the local schools. I really enjoy these sessions as I get to catch up with the teachers & to work with some very talented young people, who can be guaranteed to ask me curly questions & keep me on my toes. All good stuff :) (And OK, I enjoy the chance to cruise a couple of vineyards as well! Plus it's always nice to get back to your roots - I was born in Napier & lived first in Tutira, then Wairoa, & finally Hastings before upping sticks & moving to the Manawatu.)
However, the downside of all this is that the Other Stuff simply doesn't go away while I'm otherwise engaged :( So right now I'm wading through marking of essays & tests. (The 'flounder' effect, anyone?) Which kind of makes it hard to find time to write anything substantial for you, my readers.
And because of this - a big 'thank you!' to Mike Stone, for pointing me at The critical thinking toolkit on the University of British Columbia's website. I can see that I will have to include some of this in the workshop I'm running up in Auckland in a couple of weeks.
Make sure that you scroll down to the great video at the end!