The #twistedpair blogging challenge asks you to put together an unlikely pairing of characters - these can be historical, contemporary or fictional - and write about the connection they have (however tenuous) and how it relates to teaching and learning. Here is the original challenge. You can use any of the pairings listed there or create a strange pair of your own.

So, what is the thinking behind this challenge?

Going through the process of thinking about this should involve a lot of creative, lateral thinking, and the end result will be a unique perspective on education - on a blog post which we can all enjoy reading and learning from.

Are you up for another blogging challenge? If you accept this challenge, it should encourage you to write creatively, and you'll end up sharing a new idea with a large audience.

It's happened before: you might remember the #blimage and #blideo challenges from the summer. The first was a challenge where you were sent an image to inspire you to write about learning. The second was the same idea, but with a video.

Students often struggle with critical thinking. They are great at description, but ask them to move beyond this into critical analysis and they look at you and shrug. And yet critical thinking is a vital graduate skill that once acquired, can be applied to all aspects of life.

Recently I have been teaching a research skills module to a whole year group of third year education undergraduates.

It was good to sit Martin Weller in the hot seat recently, for a forthright discussion about various aspects of openness in education. Martin is well known for his work around digital scholarship and his various research into the use of MOOCs and other open education approaches at the British Open University.

Once in a while you meet someone who inspires you to think more deeply. Jim Groom is one such person. He is anarchic, subversive, the original EDUPUNK (it was Jim who coined the phrase and insists on it being written in upper case) and he constantly challenges the status quo of education. He has redefined what it means to learn online with groundbreaking initiatives such as the open course ds106.

By 1977, punk music had emerged as a creative force to be reckoned with. It was a form of music that was furiously loud, aggressively energetic and full of discordant anger.

Some were outraged by the audacious behaviour of the punk rockers. Their clothes and hairstyles were bizarre and their demeanour was antagonistic and aggressive.

Others were energised and inspired by punk rock - some enough to take up a guitar or microphone and give it a go themselves.

I was reminded this week exactly why I work in teacher education. It is incredibly rewarding. Our graduation ceremony on Plymouth Hoe yesterday saw not one, but two of my student teacher groups receive their degrees. The picture above is one of those two extraordinary groups of young people. They are a part of a larger group of digital literacy specialists - primary school teachers who specialise in technology supported learning.

Now and then, just to fall in step with other the tabloid press, BBC News resorts to sensationalist headlines. I'm not sure why they do it, because they already have a huge global audience and they don't need to hype themselves. But one of The BBC's most recent headlines is a little misleading.

Yesterday, 'Auntie' (the affectionate nickname we Brits give the BBC) ran this headline: Computers 'do not improve' pupil results says OECD.