Archive for March, 2012

Tell me why (I don’t like writing)

Obviously this is not an ideal situation for an academic to find themselves in.

However, I suspect it might be true.

I think it was my PhD thesis that killed it for me…I think…I don’t like writing.

I tried to rejoin my Daily Writing Group but this time it didn’t help.  I did co-write an Editorial for a journal = big success story!  (Editing other people’s writing was much easier than writing my own work.)

*le sigh

Luckily it is teaching time now, less expectation to write.  Brief, brief reprieve.

Definitely time to make good friends with my blog again.  I like it here best.  And people tell me they read it! (I hope people will be glad to know that they are not the only ones who don’t like writing.)

Other things I have been doing instead of writing:

  • reading fiction
  • organising multiple conference papers
  • answering emails
  • playing MW3

All worthy occupations!

Maybe I’m just in thesis ‘recovery’.  I mean, surely.

Just have to find the right motivation…

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Pecha kucha at the first #TMBrisbane

I really enjoyed meeting new people and hearing them share their work yesterday at the first TeachMeet in Brisbane.

Steve Box (@wholeboxndice) hosted the TeachMeet at Moreton Bay Boys College (thanks Steve!):

TeachMeet Brisbane

TeachMeet Brisbane

I presented a 7 minute pecha kucha on how to construct ‘fair’ assessment when using project-based learning (PBL).

My presentation included shout-outs to @BiancaH80 @malynmawby @Vormamim and @benpaddlesjones who are some of the wonderful people that have tweeted around ideas with me on my PBL journey.  It was the first time I presented a pecha kucha and adhered strictly to all the rules!  Making cards to help me stick to the topic helped a lot (something I haven’t done since school tbh):

Actual palm cards - old school!

Actual palm cards - old school!

If you’d like to check them out I’ve put the slides up on slideshare.  I hope that showing these resources helps future TeachMeeters plan their Pecha Kuchas – I loved the mode of presenting and highly recommend it!

Congratulations to TeachMeet Sydney on their WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT tonight!  I hope the next #TMBrisbane event at the State Library of Queensland will be able to be video streamed online like #TMSydney was tonight, I had a ball watching along and tweeting with everyone from home :)

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