Posts tagged ‘blogging’

Getting Back on the Horse

Hello Blog. It’s been a while.

I did the ‘reflection’ class yesterday. In the introduction to the lesson I talked about the struggles that many tutors have with reflective practice. Tutors that say ‘I reflect all the time’ while rolling their eyes at the term. The post-PGCE-ers who bemoan the ‘reflecting on reflecting on my reflections’.

I told them how hearing these issues resonate with me, because I remember doing it. The memory of my PGCE was writing a reflective journal, all in one sitting, just to have something the ‘hand in’. I remember being at specialist conference having a box to fill in to reflect on the day and rolling my eyes. I remember Schon and not really understanding what he meant by ‘reflecting-in-action’ and ‘reflecting-on-action’. Read more ►

Finding My Voice #TDreflex14

I think this has been a timely post for me, as I have been thinking more and more recently about my online identity and how this relates to my professionalism, who ‘owns’ this identity and what it says about me. This post is in response to the ‘uncourse’ that is currently running at Northern College – here is the week one synopsis.

People have said to me they don’t like the idea of writing in a public space & there is certainly a Fear Factor about committing word to screen. As we move from a world of digital footprints to digital tattoos, the idea that everything we publish remains. Forever.
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Tech for Learning Round Two

The second course starts tomorrow night. I’m disappointed that more internal staff aren’t doing the course this year, but I understand that having to find £200 to part self-fund is a big ask in these financially challenging times.

But I am excited to have some external candidates this year. I think it will bring a different perspective to the course.

The interviews last week highlighted the variety of experiences of everyone, in terms of subject specialism and experience with technology. The themes that came from the interview : Read more ►

I have an MA paper to write ….

I have an MA paper to write as part of the Research Development Fellowship grant I have from LSIS.  It’s kind of praying on my mind.  The term ‘Literature Review’ is sending shivers down my spine.

Yet I like writing. I like writing this blog. I really liked what Julie Hugues said at a recent HuddCETT event that blogging is ‘thinking through your fingers’. Yet here I am blogging instead of getting down to MA business.

Lots of the tutors on my Technology for Learning Delivery course have started blogging, and it is interesting how many of their first posts are questioning what their blog is to be about and do they have anything to say that someone would be interested in. And reviewing my old Posterous blog, my initial musings followed similar lines – yet these were the posts that got deleted as I transferred my posts over to this blog.

I’ve been wondering if I write this blog for a specific audience. I certainly don’t get a lot of comments, if that is very evidence of audience. But I do feel a little disgruntled that at the last residential we spent a considerable amount of time discussing the MA paper, structuring this, bringing our research ‘to life’, yet despite all the talk of the need to disseminate our research, I have to write 4000 words that one, possible two, people will read.

Honestly, what’s the point?

 

All About Blogging

word cloud made in tagul.com

word cloud made in tagul.com

Wow!! Look at the Tag Cloud created by putting the URL of this blog into tagul.com. I think this just about sums up my professional life.

Blogging History

I have been blogging for many many year (yikes – since 2005!) in many many different guises. I’ve blogged about my MA, about teaching, about my practitioner research activities; I’ve used blogs in action research, and had numerous class blogs, for CELTA, DTELLS, PTLLS, different ESOL groups & currently with the Technology for Learning Delivery course.

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