Anyone championing reflection and creativity quickly gets my attention. In the delightfully stimulating My School Improvement Doodle Book, talented author, artist and teacher Ben Keeling offers us a great way to read, think and reflect creatively! It is refreshing to see such an engaging approach to thinking about school development. With the inventive post-its that Ben has developed, it is possible to structure a process of reflection about school improvement without the restraining effects of more systematised approaches. The post-its can be analysed, interpreted, sorted, organised, categorised, added to, discussed, debated, and even re-drawn! This book is not wordy, it is very clever. It is packed with ideas concisely gathered together in illustrations (doodles) and captions. The thoughtfully selected stimuli quickly prompt the reader to connect ideas together and formulate inquiring questions. I can see how this book will work for an individual reader or as a great tool for getting groups of colleagues to share their thoughts and develop their ideas about school improvement. This is great resource and one I whole-heartedly recommend school managers keep to hand for reference and inspiration. --Sharon Ginnis, Teacher, independent trainer and consultant
This `book` will challenge you, mystify you, make you laugh, cause you despair... it will take you on a `period of reflection` one doodle/three notes at a time! And you will wonder how you could have made that journey without it. Or even if you would have made that journey without it. --Ros. Wilson Cert.Ed. Dip.Ed. M.Ed, Developer of Big Writing, Education Consultant, C/O Andrell Education Ltd.
I`ve never seen an education book quite like it an ingenious visual exploration of big themes presented with a light but thought-provoking touch. It's beautifully produced and is a superb way of challenging our assumptions and kick-starting discussion with colleagues. I love its wit, its style, and its capacity to crystallise a range of educational ideas. --Geoff Barton, Headteacher, King Edward VI School, Suffolk
About the Author
A qualified but disillusioned graphic designer, Ben finally found true satisfaction in the classroom. Ben is a school leadership team member
and says he is not an educationalist just a human being (and a learner) who thinks we should all be trying to do things more effectively!