‘My capacity as a writer. I can make words strong. But often I arrive at establishing their proper strength through at first making them over-strong. This is one of the reasons why I write so slowly, with such difficulty. My writing is often not a simple journey from perception to statement. Often what is finally written is the result of an overshooting which necessitates a return journey. This is because I have often conceived of writing as a substitute for action (or other forms of action.) If I were to overcome this by according to those other forms of action their true value and acting accordingly myself, my writing would become a simple journey. Writing does not need to be defended against life. In neither sense of the phrase. It should not need protecting. And it needs no apology. There is no such thing as mega-literature.” Winter ’74
John Berger , from an annotated copy of the first edition of his novel G)
Link: G at Good Reads
- Writing for the Sake of Writing (dragonplume.wordpress.com)
- Seeing Comes Before Words (canvascorner.wordpress.com)
A lesson for the youth of today – Nola Ochs graduated at the age of 95!
To mark the fact that next week (18th-24th May) is Adult Learner’s week., these are five reasons why any teacher should welcome ‘mature’ members to their classes:
1. Many educators write as if all learners were straining at the leash to get their hands on funky tekkie tools in the classroom. I believe that students of all ages, and older students in particular, are more appreciative of well-prepared lo-tech frontal lessons.
2. I have found that the majority of adult learners (late 20s to early 90s!) are intrinsically motivated. The same cannot necessarily be said of those in their late teens and early 20s. View full article »
Following on from post of Jeff Bliss yesterday, I came across this video which crisply sets out ten expectations that need to be met if learners are to actually learn anything either in or out of school.
It’s based on the ideas set out in the book and website called Leaving to Learn by Elliot Washor and Charles Mojkowski.
The fact that it has a foreword by Sir Ken Robinson means that it’s almost certainly worth reading.
It’s a cool video and I have no quibbles with the content.http://lnc.hr/a1Gj6
David v Goliath acts of rebellion will always draw a big audience.
It’s no great surprise then, that the video of the articulate rant by Jeff Bliss against his high school history teacher should have gone viral.
Here’s what I’m talking about , in the unlikely event that you haven’t already seen it:
Spokesman of a generation? Jeff Bliss.
Once upon a time, such an outburst would have prompted the moral majority to lament on how the youth of today have no respect for authority.
The reaction now is quite different and it proves that there’s a bigger issue at stake here which will remain long after the media circus has moved on to the next show in town. View full article »