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Openings

This is a short, follow-up post to my Authentic Insights post. I am keen to pursue the possibilities for openings in how we share narratives about performance. I read with great interest a Guardian article (written by Decca Aitkenhead) about Peter Higgs. In it Peter is quoted as saying he became "an embarrassment to the department when they did research assessment exercises". His response to the request for a list of recent publications was "None". The article adds: By the time he retired in 1996, he was uncomfortable with the new academic culture. "After I retired it was quite a long time...

Narration and Narrative Form

I received a Twitter alert overnight from Darrell Cobner (@CPAUWIC) https://twitter.com/CPAUWIC/status/381782446309916672 Darrell and I have been exchanging ideas about performance analysis as story telling and story sharing. (I posted some thoughts about this last week in What Counts?) I was interested to learn that Darrell was sharing some Harold Jarche insights from What's Working and What's Not Working in Online Training. Harold points out that "Today, content capture and creation tools let people tell their own stories and weave these together to share in their networks. It’s called 'narrating your work'". He adds that: The public narration of what...

Togetherness

One of my morning digital feeds brings me the Cowbird story of the day. Today, I read Sam Graham-Felsen's The Boat Kids of Jambiani. In his story he observed: Dozens of young boys were congregating in the shallows. Not a single adult was in sight (also, notably, not a single girl). We walked closer to them and saw that they were racing hand-made boats: some made of hollowed-out wood and scraps from potato sacks; others fashioned out of a flip-flop and plastic bag. One very young kid's boat was a plastic dish detergent container -- the sail was a u-shaped slice...

Sharing Openly

I look forward to receiving my daily link to a Cowbird story. Today I was delighted to learn about Elis Bradshaw's story, I Do It With You. It is very hard not to be delighted with a story that starts: Around mile six, a little boy ran past me. “No more hurting people” was handwritten in black marker across the back of his shirt ... The boy who passed me had legs that looked too young and coltish to take him the whole way, but there he was. Running ... and even harder to stop reading when it contained I thought about the...

130121 PLN Finds

I have had a productive morning following up on some links in my PLN alerts. Whilst looking at a range of resources provided by Google, I found this 2010 introduction to a personal learning network. It is a five minute video shared by ThinkFiz via Google Sites. Today's Cowbird story, I'll Be Home for Christmas, is written by Michelle Johnson. It helped me think about how we share stories and how these stories can become a focus of problem-based learning opportunities. A post by Jackie Gerstein, Providing Opportunities for learners to Tell Their Stories, gave me more food for thought. I was...

PLN Finds 130105

Email alerts are an important part of my personal learning network (PLN). I set aside an hour each morning to work through feeds from the Northern Hemisphere from the previous day's activity. I start with the daily Cowbird story. Today it was Thanks! But Keep the Smokes. I followed up with some links shared by Anne Weaver from the Diigo Teacher-Librarians' Group. Anne linked to a a helpful post about personal learning networks. The post includes a link to a Comprehensive Guide to to the Use of Personal Learning Networks in Education and to Shelly Terrell's PLN resource suggestions. By coincidence, one of...

Cowbird, Alex and Zadie

Each morning, I receive a Cowbird Story. I have read a story a day since I my invitation to join Cowbird arrived earlier this year. I think it is a great way to share stories within a community dedicated to personal stories. Today's story is from Alex Smith. Her What is a life? story is about her grandfather, Zadie. In a short story, Alex has time to write this: So what is it? This life. What is it when we leave this world behind? I thought about this over and over and a quote I'd come across just before I found out Zadie had...

@SydWritersFest: Private and Public

The theme of this year's Sydney Writers' Festival is the line between the public and the private. The Festival has 300 events in a week's program that is designed to stimulate, move, inspire and provoke. In his welcome to the Festival, Chip Rolley observes: Now, via Facebook and Twitter, we voluntarily tell the world things we previously might not have told even our loved ones. Investigative journalists thrive on leaks and finding out what others don’t want us to know. He adds that: The private and the personal are subjects that have always preoccupied writers and have been the focus of much fiction as...