About Me

 

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I trained as an English and Drama teacher, and have worked with every age group from nursery through to Post Graduate. I am a doctor (not a useful one who saves lives, but an academic version) and I love teaching – whether teaching teachers about teaching or teaching children about the world.

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My first book, Teaching : Notes from the Frontline is currently available. It is an act of pedagogical activism as I think proper change takes place in classrooms not in offices. And we are in control of our classrooms every day.

“It’s a book I wish I had written … Get your hands on a copy now!”

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My second book, Becoming Mobius, was published in June 2015 and is now available. Delving much more deeply into the philosophical position of ‘Notes from the Frontline’. This is a book about complexity in the class room.

“In this compelling, conceptually-rich and moving book, Debra Kidd creates a unique engagement with the UK educational environment.”

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In 2014, I set up Northern Rocks with @emmaannhardy – a teaching and learning conference aimed at bringing teachers together in the North of England with some of the leading voices in education.  We were a band of pedagogical bandits and it was wonderful, so we’re doing another one. The next Northern Rocks conference will take place on June 11th 2016. Here’s a little taster of the last one:-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P40bFzgOeNYACSk6v2X

I have one mantra for learning and that is ‘Make it Matter.’ Not a single piece of knowledge that mankind has ever aqcuired came without a desire to know the answer to a question. We have to give children the impetus to want to know, to understand the imperative that drove the discovery – the story behind the glory.

I write a regular column for TEACHER PRIMARY and have contributed to the Time TES and Teach Secondary.

I am honoured to be a staff member for the International Schools’ Theatre Association and an Independent Thinking Associate.

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