“Constructivism is a theory of knowledge that argues that humans generate knowledge and meaning from an interaction between their experiences and their ideas. It has influenced a number of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, education and the history of science.” (from Wikipedia)
Niagara University, my alma mater (one of them), believes in this Constructivism philosophy and builds its programming around it (if similar to when I was there). I can still remember that my learning of experiences occurred during the process of writing those reflective write-ups AFTER the experience, not during the ‘doing’ of them. And, I remember during the doing of them, you’re too busy doing! I still remember enjoying writing those reflections and taking the time to craft them just so, finding it really important to capture my feelings in relation to the activity. So, because I realized the value of reflection, it is no surprise that I continue to operate in this way.
To blog or not to blog?
Is blogging work or leisure?
I love thought-provoking questions such as these, recently seen on WordPress, and I’ve been contemplating how I might respond.
I think the answer to both questions is surrounded by one’s purpose. And, what I mean is there are as many reasons to write a blog as there are bloggers. And, likely many reasons not to write a blog. Each blogger probably began with an idea or a unique purpose for their writing. I mean you gotta have an idea! In some cases, to share or chat or find commonalities to others or make connections. Maybe, even to find answers! Example of that is retirementtransition. The author is carefully and strategically reinventing herself with a new sense of identity with her new phase in life. In some cases, blogs are written to teach or inform like Live to Write – Write to Live. I love that blog and am learning a thing or two. (who vs. that, a common mistake of mine) I think my favorite are the learning blogs. Then, there are those who utilize social networking aka WordPress that is then linked to their Linkedin and/or Twitter accounts for their business as in Kate Davies Designs. How lucky to have this resource in which to do so. Her blog in particular, is so beautiful with its photography and equally compelling writing, whether you like knitting or not, it’s a treat. Actually those blogs are the person’s business where patterns are sold, the author advertises the books they’ve written and the like. Oh, and I can’t forget the poetry blogs like O at the Edges I love to read them, too but admittedly cannot always interpret what the author is intending. (And, no, I do not beat myself up about that.)
I mentioned that when I was ready, I would post my running goal here.
It happens that the well-known Komen Race for the Cure®, part of the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, is just around the corner and, of course, is beckoning for participants! Teams are forming, t-shirts are being ordered, and the whole thing is dangling in front of my face offering opportunity. And, it has been a ten year hiatus since my last run. Seems the perfect venue to serve as entry point for getting back into the running regime. I have missed the routine of training, especially the rhythmic breathing of fresh air. And knitters, let me tell you, one can do a lot of planning of their projects while on these fun runs!
So, with the decision made, in honor of loved ones, I will be taking this on. With no other time frame in mind but to finish, wish me luck! I do hope to get a picture at the end.
Sometimes, happenings in life linger in my mind to the point where I need to write about them.
The lingering moment was a conversation I had with teachers about a week ago regarding an upcoming narrative writing unit. We were sharing thoughts around the concept of memoir, what one was and how students might take on the work, and the structures a memoir might take when writing one. One thing led to another as does naturally when in deep conversation and as we were surfing the net and our other resources, we came across this. A 6 word challenge. Now, I am not saying that this would be the work of our students, however we did take time to pause to consider the following for ourselves.
Challenge: To write your memoir in just six words. Six words.
Fast forward to today. Ok, now, on this day, the more I am researching this, the more I am realizing that this is not a new concept at all but one that I am revisiting. I do believe it is important to take a few minutes in life to take stock, to appreciate, to reflect, and to grow in knowledge of oneself as a person, so I redirect this challenge to you.
So, on this festive weekend, I am asking, ‘What are you thinking about? How has your life been?” Take on the challenge below as a fun way to reflect upon your own life, dreams, and aspirations.
Mine: Fashion first, goes her way, reflects.
Have a great Easter. I will be committing to my running and pushing through to complete my latest knitting project.
Vogue Knitting has been alive and well in my life for over 30 years. But, NEVER in this way! I haven’t even looked at the sure-to-be-can’t-wait-to-knit projects that await my future because I am bursting from the seams (LITERALLY) and have waited since this summer when that unbelievable email I received from Vogue Knitting came a-calling ME for an interview. Finally, in this glorious issue (of which I am off to purchase many copies), is the result of that interview. A 2 page spread! My hubby and I do believe Christina Behnke, Associate Editor of VK grabbed the essence of who I am as a passionate knitter and as the table of contents says, “Vogue Knitting Fan extraordinaire! The article looks like the image below, can be found on page 20 and 21 and/or can be read in PDF format right here, Online Identity.