Welcome to my website

I am a philosopher, teacher, and manager, currently living in Crete, Greece.

I have called my website ‘Conversations and Contexts’ because those words capture a lot of what I do. I have experience as a researcher in philosophy, a lecturer in colleges and universities, a manager in higher education, a teacher in primary education, a human resources manager in the private sector, and other roles. But all my activities essentially involve conversing with people — talking through things, analysing problems (both theoretical and personal), and working to find solutions that balance competing needs and demands. And in all my work I try to take account of the particular context of the problems and opportunities I encounter. I believe that finding effective solutions and managing successful projects involves paying careful attention to needs, expectations, and concerns of all the people involved.

The title also makes reference to my doctoral thesis, in which I reevaluated Grice’s theory of conversational implicature and argued that implicature is more heavily context-dependent that Griceans recognize.

This website contains information about me and my professional activities, including details of my philosophical research, teaching experience, and publications, together with my blog, where I post on on education practice and policy, philosophical topics, and other things that interest me. (Recent blog posts are highlighted in the slider below.) The site also makes available teaching materials I have prepared (including an introduction to philosophy written for the UK’s Open University) and video projects created by my students and me.

Conversations and Contexts blog

Welcome to my blog, where I post on on educational practice and policy, philosophical topics, and other things that interest
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Seeking your linguistic intuitions!

Are you a fluent speaker in a language other than English? If so, may I ask for your intuitions on
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Young Greek philosophers

Young Greek philosophers

Greece is going through difficult times, but I try to remain optimistic. And one thing that makes me optimistic is
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Good news about the SEEH!

Good news about the SEEH!

Friends of the SEEH have been very worried about the accreditation of the school, which was up for renewal. If
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Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #10

Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #10

#10 Everyone wants one! European Schools are well established and much valued by people across Europe and the world. Ministries of
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Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #9

#9 It connects teachers across Europe Teachers in the European School Heraklion have opportunities to visit colleagues in other European Schools
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What can you do to help the European School Heraklion?

Some people have asked me what they can do to help the European School in Heraklion. Should they write to
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Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #8

#8 It creates citizens of the world The Greeks have a saying: παπουτσι απ’ τον τόπο σου κι ας είν’
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Why do I care about the European School Heraklion?

A friend has asked why I’ve been writing posts in support of the European School. After all, I’m not working
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Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #7

#7 It gave a 5th grade Dutch/Italian student the confidence to perform Shakespeare like this
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Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #6

#6 It creates engaged and independent learners Learning is (or should be) a journey of discovery, in which students learn how
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Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #5

Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #5

#5 Because it has people like this I stopped by the Venetian Loggia in Heraklion today, where children from various local
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Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #4

#4 It is vital for the academic life of the city Heraklion is a major centre for scientific research. It is
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Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #3

#3 It is not elitist I’ve heard it said that the European School in Heraklion is elitist. Only someone who didn’t
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Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #2

#2 It is more than a school. The European School is not just a place where kids are taught. It
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Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #1

#1 It is a European school, which follows a European curriculum and is open to children from across the continent. Yes,
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To the streets once again

To the streets once again

Today I once again marched with students, parents, and teachers of the School of European Education Heraklion, which is again
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Brush up your peopleship!

It’s Friday morning and half of my class study German in another classroom and half French in our room. Today
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Bursting the bubble

I’ve just been reading this piece on European Schools by Vincent Manancourt, and I thought I’d offer some reflections. Vincent explains
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Still no news

It's Wednesday evening and we still have no news from the EU schools meeting in Sophia. It seems our case
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One day to go!

Disclaimer: As always I am writing here as a citizen and parent of three pupils at the SEEH, not as
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Six days to go!

Wednesday was a wonderful, inspiring day. Pupils, teachers, and parents marched through Heraklion to the City Hall, where they put
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Eight days to go!

Eight days to go!

Campaign update: A good day. At school, children made posters for our campaign and the English section students sang Theodorakis
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Nine days to save the SEEH!

Who would have thought that during the Greek presidency of the Council of Europe, the Greek government would allow the
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News on the School of European Education Heraklion

News on the School of European Education Heraklion

Disclaimer: I am writing here as a parent of three students at the School of European Education Heraklion. The views
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Science teaching in Salzburg

Science teaching in Salzburg

Last week I travelled to Salzburg to attend a week’s training on teaching science in primary schools, run by Pri-Sci-Net.
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Philosophers in the making

Another amazing day with my third graders, full of lovely surprises. We discussed rights. We started with a comprehension lesson.
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Charlie’s Mirror

I walk into the class with my third-grade students and ask them to sit down. Jamie and I had come
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The School of European Education, Heraklion

Back in September I wrote a post for www.philhellenes.org, a website which celebrates Greece and Greek culture, and which is
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The School of European Education, Heraklion: A plea

Disclaimer: I am writing this post as a private citizen and parent. The views expressed here are not intended to
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