About this blogger

Seven years ago I graduated as a teacher. But rather than that being the end of my education, it was only the beginning. I soon learnt that nothing I had read in books at University had prepared me for the realities of teaching, and the “real” lessons came thick and fast.

A lot has changed since those idealistic/naive student days, but I am not sure how much closer to the truth I have come. It seems that the further I go, the less I know what education really means. It seems that, although there is a place for “traditional” education, with its classrooms, timetables, textbooks, blackboards, whiteboards, smartboards and awards, there are many important lessons that cannot be taught in classrooms. These are the lessons that can only be learnt via the trial-and-error process of chasing one’s dreams – the lessons we must learn for ourselves.

In May 2013, my own dream-chasing brought me to London, UK. Here, I am working as a supply teacher in London’s North-East by day and working on projects of my own the rest of the time.

Thanks for dropping by! I hope you say hello.

Jack

4 thoughts on “About this blogger

  1. Larus Yang (@Larus_Yang)

    Am I the first one reply in this about page?I am a student learning biology in China ,and may be a teacher in middle school.Ops,my poor English.I follow the google blog search to find you with the keyword”gamification”.XD

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  2. Stephen Zelnick

    Hello LL, I see you read and enjoyed my piece on “Metamorphosis”. I re-read it and enjoyed it all again. I am a retired Literature professor now living blissfully in Puerto Rico with my stunningly beautiful wife and spending my days learning Spanish and translating and writing on Latin American poetry. No one seems interested in publishing well-written and readable discussions of the best literature, but I keep writing anyhow. I am Samuel Johnson’s blockhead, a man who writes with no thought of money. Keep reading; there’s more where that came from.

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    1. LearningLondon Post author

      Hi there Stephen! Yes, I did enjoy your piece. I had just finished reading Kafka’s masterpiece and was sitting there pondering its deeper meaning. To me the most obvious theme was masculinity, so I searched “masculinity kafka metamorphosis” and found your page. I’m not surprised that you’re a retired professor – I was very impressed with the depth of your analysis. After reading your article I got hold of a copy of Venus in Furs and I’m now reading that. Perhaps more importantly, you’ve thrown some kindling on my previously dwindling passion for literature.

      I will certainly come back to your blog. I’ve always regretted only taking English in High School, as opposed to the other option of English Literature. The former was seen as an “easier” option that took a more general, multimedia-based view of the English language. Maybe with your help I’ll make up for some of the Literature lessons I lost.

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