Category Archives: CPD


Finally managed to track down a reasonably priced copy…

I’m hoping to build a Corpus of MCC-related pupil texts through the BGE; I have one year, and if I can trace S1s that were reassigned midway (chronic staffing issues) I’m in a good position…



I Blame Strava

So, two weeks stretch out before me, cluttered with a variety of marking tasks, Masters work…and logging every existing route with Strava!

Today I set out to be ‘King of the Mountain’.  I was against a time of 13.35 over 2.4 km at a speed of 10.7km/h off-road: I made it in 10.46 at 13.5 km/h.

Four minutes into the climb I thought I had no chance, looking at my rarely used stopwatch feature on my cheap Casio. The first section is a killer and full of loose stone and when you eventually level out you’re calves and thighs are screaming at you when you reluctantly lift the front derailleur into the second sprocket for speed. 

The water had returned to the troughs and I had no choice but to zip through them, but aware of the hidden dangers (and that I was carrying only one spare inner tube as the last was killing my back, had been moved into the water bottle holder but had somehow jumped ship).  I didn’t like the forces that I was meeting in my front; on the dénouement of the route my watch showed ’10’ (I started it earlier than the time ascribed to the segment positioning) and I let out a shout.

Shortly after arriving at the end I paused Strava – praying that the data had been logging – in order to chat to a nice chap, ‘Dave’ from out near the IBM way.

The rest of the journey involved popping over to Killochries and then joining the cycle track at the Ploughmans in Kilmacolm.

Upon arrival at the garden fate the Nexus 4 delivered the cup icon as soon as I stopped the Strava app’s current logging activity: inside this little insignificant cup was the very special numeral ‘1’.

No champagne, just a nice cuppa and four sweeteners. And then on with some marking while the house was peaceful enough.


A great weekend WITHOUT any marking (a first since the October Holidays) and the positive news still ringing in my ears: I had secured a funded place (partially, perhaps) on the MSc. in Digital Education at Edinburgh University. (OK. Perhaps no marking, but I spent some time Friday evening and some of Saturday working on redrafting an original proposal to the MEd programme at UWS – a wonderful institution; and the decision to opt for Edinburgh was NOT an easy one).

So, with that all on my mind…The going was hard.  Mud was thickly congealed on the tracks and it was an effort.  Warm-ish, light rain – but a thrill to be out.

Aerobikes returned a fully serviced front wheel: half the appropriate 10 bearings had gone missing from each sude during my amateur attempt previously.  But I left head held high: I couldn’t be faulted for trying…

A posse of perhaps 8-10 road bikes passed opposite me next to ‘Frames of Kilmacolm’.

No real adventure, but some well-earned mud splatters on my bearded mug.

On my ‘to-do’ list is the AA Batteries at High Mathernock; and I am excited at the real prospect of an evening/night ride across the Hardridge-Muirshiel loop.

Here’s hoping!