Unexpectedly and unknowingly , my recent HETL conference article was given special commendation.
Waiting in the airport for the first of 3 flights today (Alaska, Vancouver, Adelaide), 20 hours+ in planes!!
In one sense I am ‘leaving’ Alaska, and ‘going to’ Australia. Physically, I trust this to be so.
Another perspective might suggest that I am travelling ‘differently’, ’embodying’ conversations and images of the landscape, and the ‘look in the eyes’ of the many people I have met.
Who would have thought I would encounter the speechlessness of 4 men (from USA, Paraguay, France, Australia) from the conference I attended, watching a glacier break off after announcing these actions with a ‘booming ‘ sound. A speechless experience.
Who could have foreseen my ‘final’ dia-logue with two younger British academics, each engaged in, and wrestling with, deepening their transformative practices with those they find themselves serving. Claire, Alex – u were my capstone! You brought me back to the need for a ‘hope-filled’ agenda. While we see deficits, we are in this ‘game’ to, as Claire says, “inspire change”.
To relate is to be in dia-logue. Our dia-logue is indeed the ‘word’ BETWEEN ‘us’.
Appreciatively signing out
I came here to listen, and I have tried to hear the words and the meanings between the lines, to read the black font and contemplate the white font.
I’ve enjoyed the clarity of purpose in a number of young researchers, and valued the wise heads with the message concerning technology being more than connectivity to include connectedness, movement from platforms to centralise pedagogy.
What do I bring?
A simple message:- all our educational endeavours are relational in nature. It’s not a putting relationship (they are already in), the real question is how are they mattering in our everyday experiences with our colleagues, students, and the developments we are planning.