Testing wordpress app for mobile posting

I have the WordPress app for a while now on the little iPod
but never used it for actually posting something. Trying it out
now. Might be a good way to upload updates more frequently and on
-the-go. Will also be useful for my tutor group who is using
Wordpress this semester. Many of rhe students do have iphones/ipods.
Portfolio building on the go! We are
definitely going to try it. Really looking toward to experimenting
and learning together.

ice cubes and icebreakers

breaking the ice cubes

breaking the ice cube

Some thoughts about last Thursday. Usually, I am capturing my reflections quicker. Not sure why I ‘waited’ so long this time. Maybe I was still digesting what happened and tried to interprete and analyse things n my little brain before externalising. Maybe I wasn’t sure if I would get to the stage of capturing them here.

I am not going to write about the whole session. I could go on an on… Not sure where to start now, but I might just say a few things about the Bingo activity used as an icebreaker. Some of the feedback suggests that it worked. I don’t think it did work that well. Perhaps different questions could have been used. I need to have a good look at the sheet again and make it better for next time. However, it wasn’t just the Bingo sheet. I could of course, just blame the sheet – which I put together – but I was facilitating this activity and yes, we achieved interaction, a lot!!! and participants had the opportunity to chat with a number of different people – this was good and worked well!!! – however, there was no official end or closure to the activity. When we all sat down again, I could/should! have invited participants to share some of the answers collected – perfect opportunity!!! and I missed it! Sharing is so important! This way we would have to opportunity to find out a few information about people we didn’t have the chance to talk to. How could I not do it??? I am a bit/lot frustrated that I didn’t. But sometimes when you are in the middle of doing something we are blinded with what is happening, we are so caught about in experiencing that you don’t think clearly or fast enough (what about noise???) and in the end we are human and we can’t always think of everything… and miss opportunities… unfortunately. Is this an excuse? No, it isn’t. We need to think on our feet and most of the time we do and act and re-act to what we experience at a specific moment in time. Being able to freeze time while it is running is vital to adjust and be elastic as we experience something so that we can alter the process and the product.

Looking back now and into the future at the same time (is this really possible?), I need to make sure that the sharing at a class level does happen at closure of an activity. I always say we should have a beginning, a middle and an end in whatever we do (session, programme, story, activity etc.)! Practise what you preach Chrissi!!!

Of course, an ice breaker is not enough but a good icebreaker can do wonders! However, a good icebreaker used in a hostile atmosphere would not work! So, how was the atmosphere? Overall, I think, I might be wrong, participants were positive and progressively more relaxed and opened up as the day progressed. Did we, the facilitators help? I think we did through being who we are and doing things the way we did them.

Comments are very welcome ;o)

5min interactive lecture

wheat not weed

wheat not weed

I was invited to give a mini lecture at the primary school where my little boys go about the importance of learning languages. I couldn’t really resist… so I did it. When I first talked with the teacher on the phone, I didn’t really like the idea of lecturing… I was told to tell the children… this concept just doesn’t work for me. I can’t do it, I don’t like it. My approach is more experiential and collaborative. I am a big fan of learning with and from each other!

We probably under-estimate what big brains these little kids carry around and how sophisticated they are to work out things. So, I didn’t deliver a lecture! I knew I just had 5 minutes so it had to work from the first second and it did because while I was introducing myself, I started engaging them – there were 200 of them. Wow! My eldest told me in the morning while we were going together to school ‘mummy don’t be nervous, it will be all right!’ I gave him a big hug and said ‘ευχαριστώ’ (thank you in Greek) – since I always speak Greek with my boys.

And it was ok, more than ok, it went great! The only plan that I had was to engage them throughout the 5min – when it was my turn, I had no idea what would come out of my mouth but whatever I did it worked!

What did I do? Well, looking back now, what I did was instead of telling them why we should be learning languages and what we get out of it – they told me! Throughout the 5 minutes, there was a dialogue, it was a two-way conversation (not a monologue!!!). We all said good morning in different languages, thanks to the different languages the children knew. Heard about friends who live far far away and travels to other countries. We all had a great time and learnt with and from each other through active engagement. It was fascinating how everybody was so keen to share his/her story and nobody wanted it to stop.

Is there really a need for andragogy? Is it right to assume that because these little people have less experience, they are unable or less able to work things out for themselves??? Do children and adults learn differently? And if they do, does this mean that we need a separate learning theory? Do we need to bottle up everything? Anyway, after this 5min interactive lecture and the 2 mini language sessions I delivered at the school I went back to work and couldn’t stop about what happened that morning.

I started making connections, ideas were coming and going and finally I come up with a concrete idea. I would love to establish if new HE lecturers could develop effective lecturing skills by engaging in 5min interactive lectures at Primary School. Our new PGCAP programme just started and I am going to investigate if there is a small group of lecturers who would like to take this idea further. More thinking is, of course, needed but I have a good feeling that this idea will lead somewhere and help new lecturers and also create links between Primary and Higher Education. Am I persuing a silly idea??? I am excited and I hope that some of the PGCAP Participants will be too when I share this idea with them.

week 2 just started

light and bright

light and bright

Week 1 was good, felt really nice to be here. Everybody is friendly and helpful.

Hard because my boys are far far away during the week but hopefully it won’t be for very long.

Living in student halls again is interesting and the main thing I noticed is the characteristic smell. Nothing bad, just very distinct. A rich mix of aromas and flavours from around the world all put together in a pot. Really reminds me of Bradford uni and the halls there when I spend a semester there as an exchange students. Many years ago… but the smell is still in my nose and in my brain.

I feel positive about the move and the potential this job has within a team of very motivated and passionate people.