So this is my first blog . . . And it feels a bit strange . . .
Background: I am a teacher. English of many different varieties (Lang. Lit. ESOL / EFL). I teach in Oxford at the College of Further Education. I'm also a teacher trainer and I am about to start teaching on a new University Diploma in ILT and we are asking the teachers on the course to record their professional development & reflections on a blog. There have been some reservations about the idea of "going public", so I thought the least I could do was take part in the same way as all the others.
So this is me. Going "public". I suppose I should have a sort of mission statement about what I hope to get from this experiment . . . although I'm not exactly sure yet. Certainly, being able to discuss the technical ins and outs with t.he rest of the course is the main idea at the moment . . . but I do hope that in some sense this will be the tiny acorn from which a great oak of some description springs forth.
Why "sick note"? Why indeed . . .
Earlier this week, I had my second and third days off sick in 8 years of working at the college. A murderously bad flu. So I found myself at home on a Monday (but not on holiday) for maybe the first time in my life and thought it might just be the ideal time to do some low impact work. I've had a word document with various weblinks & thoughts relating to ILT / multimedia & general use of IT to enhance learning for several years now. And I add to it at least once a week - often more frequently than that & occasionally a little less frequently. But its always there. Being added to. But never actually used. I tell myself at work that I must make time to reflect & explore and it's terrible lying to yourself so I though this week - off sick - not at work, but not on holiday - it was time to stop adding to the list and time to start reading it. Time to join the dots - or at least the disparate array of links and half-thoughts - into something that makes sense.
So this is me. Starting small . . . armed only with a blog and good thoughts . . . with no particular direction home . . . and certainly in blogworld (for now at least) a complete unknown (with no followers) . . . and surely destined to be . . . like a rolling stone?
So when the ILT Diploma course gets up and running proper and I am forced to be a bit more serious . . . and actually set some vaguely 'SMART(!)' targets & remember this was all inspired by a day off sick and the idea of doing things . . . differently . . . I can rest easy with the fact that my first blog concluded with a bit of Bob Dylan . . . and (stretching things a little now) hope that my "going electric" will be every bit as enjoyable as Bob's . . . . . . Hmmm - maybe I CAN do 'SMART' targets after all . . . . .
Signing off blog#1 now with a link to someone else who advocates (if not 'going electric') then definitely doing things differently . . .