Sunday, July 14, 2013

Do you have time for beauty?

  Eduardo Galeano, the Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist, was interviewed this week on "To the Best of Our Knowledge," one of my favorite radio programs. Galeano asks, "Do you have time for beauty?" I have many times found during these past weeks of the #CLMOOC activities, that I had to answer that question No. This or that part of my daily activity that was perhaps a tiny bit beautiful – for example, stopping for ten minutes to glue some origami paper over the corporate logos on a conference-freeby notebook, so that I will have a journal book that at least in a tiny part I remade myself – but the doing of it, stopping from making checkoffs on the perpetual list of household and work and personal chores which fill most of the day's time to do a small bit of beauty-making, was as much as I could allow myself. Stopping as well to photograph the process or write about it or even really note in my mind that I was doing it, well, somehow that was TOO indulgent.
But I have done many such small acts of beauty-making, and at least had the thought that this was a "make" that would be fun to share with the MOOC, since the first week – picking a bouquet of flowers and arranging them in a vase, highlighting some of the long-neglected cultivars in our garden at our home under reconstruction by removing the volunteer plants which have grown up around them [a long-winded way to say "I did a little weeding" – and the seed of a long post about how destructive that pejorative word about some of the most vital plants in our floral environment {in Spanish, "yerbas malas" the bad plants} can be, if we fail to understand what cultivation really means].
I designed in my mind a #toyhack, taking a traditional Mexican hand carved top with a wooden cradle launcher and turning it upside down, so without the bother of the string and the tricky launching process, which I know my four-year old grandson would find challenging and probably frustrating, he could simply spin it by hand in its cradle and perhaps enjoy it for a moment. But I've not made the time to demo it on camera, as I had fantasized, nor even to bring the top to him and film him doing the hack I had in mind, and then just watch him do whatever else he might with this unfamiliar and venerable toy.
So one legacy I see already of the #clmooc experience is a heightened awareness of the importance of making time for beauty. Thank you all.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Womanifesta, parte dos, en donde se cambia al íngles...

Finalmente encontré un párrafo que comunica lo que puedo llamar cómodamente una filosofía de aprendizaje y enseñanza:

  • "I propose a structural approach to differentiation and personalisation, positioning kids as free-range learners rather than battery-hens. Firmly supported in a community-of-practice, and guided by on-the-shoulder experts, young people can self-direct, problem-solve, get creative, and develop an unstoppable love of learning."

From Stephen Collis, 

 Free range learners is such an evocative phrase, and I love the "community-of-practice" formulation and the image of the teacher as an "on the shoulder expert."

Here's a drawing from Steve that appears in his blog, giving a more personalized set of examples for the four frames:

Correlating the four frame types with Talcott Parsons' AGIL schema of social organization for #clmooc

Below is an interactive Mind Map, correlating the four Frame types from Stephen Collis via Terry in the #clmooc

with my vague memories of Talcott Parsons' AGIL schema, which has stuck with me ever since. I'm not sure of the utility of either, nor of my theoretical correlation, but it was fun to do and great to discover MindMup.

Frames on MindMup

Womanifesta de aprendizaje

No sé exactamente porque, pero siempre me pongo en español cuando es tiempo de hablar desde el corazón. Tengo varios pedazos de mi 'Documento de Creencias' pero todavía me falta una idea clara de como organizarlo. Pensando en esta reflección acerca de 'frames' que nos mandó Bart Miller, busqué la traducción de esta palabra inglesa. La lista:

framework, frame, setting, mark, picture frame, mounting
frame, embroidery frame, trestle
picture, frame, painting, chart, square, cadre
structure, frame, framework, build, fabric, skeleton
frame, framework, shell, skeleton, armature, carcass
mount, frame, rim
body, corps, corpus, corpse, length, force
armor, armature, frame, signature, mounting, armour

framing, frame
formulate, frame, state, shape, article

Otro pedazo:
Grácias a #clmooc y #clmooc-esp