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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Independent Thinking Press an imprint of Crown House Publishing (30 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781350515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781350515
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 10.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A qualified but disillusioned graphic designer, Ben finally found true satisfaction in the classroom. Now a leadership team member and learning centered human being, he works to promote efficiency, effectivity and impact.

As thought provoking as it is simple, his first book combines an expert knowledge of schools and learning, an enviable talent for graphic design and a keen sense of irony. First spotted by Independent Thinking founder Ian Gilbert following a Twitter exchange that stretched between Chile, the UK and Indonesia, his book re-writes the rules when it comes to the literature of school improvement and should be on the desk of every school leader and teacher.

Find out more about the book, it's contents and the progress being made on facebook, pintrest, twitter @ben_keeling or at www.edu-sketches.com

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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!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Aug. 2013
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Whilst an excellent premise and a good start to the book, for me I wanted to know more about the process. The text was an introduction to something that wasn't there.
I got the why but not the how!
What started the idea, how do you think about doing it yourself. How do I go about doing my own 3 doodles to change me?
A question was implied at the start - what will you do? Well...
It just felt like Ben just gave me a piano and said "Compose a concerto! Bye!!"
A door shuts and I'm left staring at the piano thinking "Where to start?"
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J L Ditcham on 27 Oct. 2012
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Thoughtful, reflective, ingenious, adaptable, challenging, puzzling, uncomfortable, inspiring, baffling...a small sample of the words which came to mind with each dip into this book. In a world where we are constantly bombarded by the written or spoken word in all it's complex forms, it is a refreshing change to be invited to engage via such a simple medium as these symbolic sketches. Rather than dictating 'one size fits all' strategies for school improvement it provokes the reader, insisting upon reflection and discussion of key educational issues in order to clarify the path ahead. I also look forward to seeing what other readers are inspired to create as they add their own edusketches to the website...a truly effective way to share ideas.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Will on 20 Nov. 2012
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I run an organization that provides adult education services, with focus on 'outside-the-classroom' experiences. This book caught my eye because our organization is non-conventional. Just like the book. Typical 'school improvement' books are dry, linear, tick-box in approach. Mr Keeling's book does not prescribe, it suggests. The book is designed to provoke discussion and engagement rather than list answers. Because to really excel in education, every stakeholder must participate. There is really no one-size-fits-all. An answer that works today will not work tomorrow. Students, teachers, technology, ideas...all change. Frustrating as that may be, it is a notion Mr Keeling fully grasps. If you are frustrated reading this book, then it's working for you. If you (like me) are inspired by reading it, then it is really working!
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My colleagues and I (English Teachers with high A-C pass rate) were very, very disappointed with this. Its concept may dazzle but, really, the Emperor isn't wearing any clothes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keely on 24 Nov. 2012
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As a thinking skills promoter this school improvement book is right up my street! Great for use with whole school, slt, governors and just by myself as a head!!
A real gem of a book!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roberta on 27 Oct. 2012
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Beautifully illustrated and thought provoking, it has challenged my pre-conceptions and prompted me to re-examine my views on education. Well done Ben Keeling, a brilliant book!
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