Auf dem Zahnfleisch kriechend: By the skin of our teeth We made it! Granted: rough and ready, stumbling into the new year, still exhausted and tired from infections, and right away into the emergency room in the hospital. Anxiously waiting for ten hours for my MiL’s life to be saved, which it was. Photo by … Continue reading Happy New Year
I did not set any goals for this year’s Academic Writing Month. And I believe because of this it was my most productive and most joyful AcWriMo ever. This is the 13th blog post of the month! All I wanted to do was: just write. I just wanted to write again. Without force, expectations, publisher … Continue reading Successful Aimlessness: #AcWriMo2022 Last Words
Part two of random writing: Social Network Dynamics I want to share a wicked problem. All that talk about social networks–their value, their issues of late made me ponder this: Maybe the combined perspectives will unearth some insights, so please do comment and share! Even if just to say you have the same questions. In … Continue reading Unsticking my Writing by Pondering a Wicked Problem
…or thinking about rivers ‘We are all tired.’ These words reverberate through higher education, no matter the country. We are all tired. Normally in October I have a plan for the academic year, the next quarter and the month. This is one of my key strategies to stay on top of the ADHD-fall out—being highly … Continue reading Why Most Productivity Advice is Pointless
Biggest take away from this year: don’t let childhood beliefs hold you back! I finally got a proper asthma diagnosis and treatment, and it has changed my life! Until this year I never told my GP all the symptoms because I put them down to not being fit, not being sporty. And I had a … Continue reading Biggest Take Away from 2021: Question your Childhood beliefs of yourself
Just coping, not quite fine In a conversation with my students (who are also peers and colleagues) today we were talking about how we all struggle at the moment. What emerged from the conversation is that we all felt things should be easier this year. We have pivoted online, we know how everything works. And … Continue reading Is it because the spaces never close?
I made this a year after setting up the SoTL network in our institution, and this is my visual reflection on the thoughts emerging from this. The first point was that I was wondering if SoTL needs to be a strategic imperative for Higher Education institutions. On one side it fosters evidence based practice, providing … Continue reading SoTL as Strategic Imperative?
The lovely Dr Natasha Taylor from RMIT is at it again this month, with the topic of Kindness. So let’s dive in right away: What role does kindness play in your teaching and professional identity? What does it mean to teach with kindness; to learn with kindness? How can we harness the power of kindness … Continue reading #SoTLwalk May 2021: Kindness
I didn’t publish this post in September 2020 because I thought it might be too soon and we were just going into another lockdown. Sharing some thoughts from my lockdown diary, written about a year ago, moved into a blog post draft some months later and now maybe ready to publish: Diary came up today … Continue reading The Lockdown Diary
All the upheaval this year has brought on reminiscence and reflections–many of which circling around a childhood whose remains can only be found in museums, dusty atticks, or maybe the odd collections treasured individually. Nobody would know of the books we have read. East German children books had such sophisticated and brilliant illustrators. Where did … Continue reading Roots in times of Upheaval
Twine weavingBetwixtAmongstAmongThroughout How do you solveBoundariesThrilled ChaosMy whole lifeBalance on the pointOf a needle Skin prick sharpRuling chaosIs not for the faint heartedEven equilibrium is flowForward motionPerpetuum mobileWhen forced to stopThe energy becomes volatile I create alwaysCogito ergo sumAedifico ergo sumMore like itIf grammatically questionableRelationships aren’t a domainThey are everythingLove’s arms around meFriend on walksPartner … Continue reading Life Domains
First days of annual leaveThe struggle is realWinding down impossibleToo many loose ends to tie up Communications to finishPlans to makeCreating order as strategyWardrobe, drawers, papers While the mind meandersThe hands make spaceAnd somehowCreating outer spaceCreates inner space The white noise is calming downAnd thoughts emergeLike bright lotus blossoms from mudThey were hoveringJust below the … Continue reading Like Lotus from the Mud
Hello lovely bloggers and readers, I have no idea what happened to November! So my theory is that on my last SoTLwalk I fell into a wormhole and came out in December back in my office instead of the path I was walking. I am sticking with that explanation. It’s 2020 and this makes as … Continue reading Of Wormholes and SoTLwalks
If you have not yet joined Pedagogy and Pancakes run by Chris Headland come on in, these morning sessions are fab. So, today the fabulous Aimee Merrydew was introducing Blackout Poetry as a creative teaching method to encourage students to engage more deeply with core texts they have to read. And while I was listening … Continue reading Blackout Poetry and Pancakes
Reflections on a summer holiday where almost nothing went as planned My granddad always said: There is always something to learn, in every situation, and in the least you will learn how not to do a thing. Writing some contributions to the Life Wide Magazine* for which the editors asked to reflect on how imagination … Continue reading You can find Learning Everywhere