Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
courtesy of Pimp My Library (see my blog list).
I've gotta get me one of those Kindle ebook readers!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Today I got my first assignment back in the mail. I got 29/40, good, but not great. I'm happy with it, because it's a sound pass, which is a good effort for my first Masters level piece of writing, and my first piece of academic writing since 1993. But I am a little disappointed. I guess I thought I might be really fantastic at this and be at the "top of the class"! (We can all dream!)
I'd like some feedback on how the group as a whole did. I appreciated the feedback that was given to me, and I take on board the comments of my marker. She reminded me to be analytic rather than just descriptive when commenting on my chosen resources. Very helpful. But I can't help it, years as a maths teacher means I'm dying to know what the range of marks given was, the mean and the standard deviation. (I know, very sad isn't it!) It would just help me to know how I'm doing. I hate to admit it, but I can handle getting 29/40 better if I know that I was actually above average and that very few students did better than me! On the other hand, if 29/40 was only average, and half the cohort did better than me, I'd be very disappointed. This said by someone who doesn't see herself as at all competitive!!!
I hope anyone from uni that reads this doesn't think I'm horrible. I am, honestly, quite ok with my mark. But I really want to do better next time...
Monday, April 20, 2009
Have just checked EASTS and my first ETL503 assignment has been posted back today! I feel excited and ever so slightly sick!
Went to the shops today to run some errands and found myself in Borders (!). Bought birthday presents for 3 of my nieces and a book each for my children as a guilt offering for sending them away to their grandparents for a few days so I could do uni work. Of course I would have rather bought some books for myself too...
Am starting to get my head around my next assignment (no rest for the wicked) and am feeling the usual sense of enthusiasm. No I'm not joking, I actually do enjoy writing assignments! Yes, I might complain about deadlines or word limits or referencing conventions, but the actual reading and writing involved I find interesting and stimulating. For ETL503 I really do think the assignments are easier if you're working in a library, or at least a school. Having to continually contact the local school librarian with questions, and wanting to look at their policies etc so I can evaluate and rewrite them is a bit awkward! And no matter how lovely the librarian is, you never feel quite at home and able to browse at leisure.
Oh, well, better get back to the real work...
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The concrete has been poured...the new framing is going up...it's actually happening!
My husband really is a marvel, he just gets stuck into it and it all comes together. The kids, especially Josh, are really interested in seeing both the process and the product. They came home from school yesterday eager to see what progress had been made during the day. Josh is showing a bit too much interest for my liking in the power tools!
Meanwhile, I've moved on to my second assignment. It's quite different to the first one, and I'm taking a different approach. Not sure so far if I'm really pleased with what I'm doing, not sure if I've improved on my process or not. Will just keep going and adjust as necessary.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
I have not read a novel for ages. Boo hoo! I have been reading A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle in very little bits just before I go to sleep at night. I'm enjoying it, and it reminds me not to get too hung up on the ups and downs of life. It helps me to focus on my essential spiritual nature, rather than externals.
I really would like to read a novel again soon. Usually reading is a recreational activity for me, and it hasn't been for a while.
I think my time management skills could do with an update. I should be able to find time for recreational reading without feeling that I'm taking time away from essential work and family responsibilities. I think I will work on that this week.
Friday, April 3, 2009
- the teachers try to allow children to present their knowledge using a range of techniques and tools
- children are rarely given information about what is expected from them
- the children's products vary considerably, especially in standard
- the children are not explicitly taught any skills or processes to use when working on their projects
- my daughter doesn't enjoy research
- my daughter likes everything to be quick, neat and easy.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Sounds like a very serious title, doesn't it! As I proceed on to my second assignment, I am simultaneously evaluating the success of my first one. My experiences then are informing my approach now. I'm coming to realise that I approach this whole study thing very intuitively. I have confidence in my intelligence and skills, and don't explicitly think about my process. I think I might find that thinking explicitly about my process improves my results.
I think it's good that I'm open to trying new ways of doing things. I think it's great that I'm not hung up on perfection, but see improvement and learning as way more important.
My daughter is completing a school project as we speak. It's interesting to watch her work. The whole experience of collecting information has been like pulling teeth. But now that she's putting together a presentation of what she has learned, her whole demeanor has changed. I talked to her about how she was feeling, and she told me that she really enjoyed the creativity of this aspect of the project. Interesting, isn't it, that we are all different and enjoy different aspects of learning.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I am much more adventurous when on the computer these days. I used to like to know exactly how to do something before I started. I always wanted to know what was going to happen before I clicked on anything! I didn't want any surprises, or anything that might be hard to undo, or might in some way cause me more time and effort. I didn't like to "fiddle" or "muddle along" or "work it out as I went along".
Now I've realised that it's not too bad to just click and see what happens! You never make a mistake so bad that it can't be fixed, and it's not so scary. I've also used the "help" functions in programs a lot more, and found that most of the time they do help! So I think I'm making good progress. I don't seem to have those moments when I wish my computer could hear me yelling at it anymore!