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Scramble (changes ahead)

April 4, 2020

Here in Perth, Western Australia there has been a seasonal shift into Djeran with deciduous leaves falling and cooler starts to each day. I walk around 5 am. Thirty minutes down still-dark streets near the Swan River, and I cut across the football oval where fenced turnstiles have been opened to members of the public. Magpies carol.

Calm prelude to this global sense of scramble.

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My own COVID-19 lockdown was prompted by an immune-suppressed husband, and the shift to online functionality came as an enabler of change. I feel safer with the distancing allowance – a pandemic risk reduced.  From a single-day trial to one week notched. My study is equipped with devices and WiFi. Teaching online? No problem, I thought. Reality is in the logistics, it seems.

I should clarify that my systems have been in place since November with our 2020 Anzac Tour program loaded to Padlet, students signed up for Edmodo, blogging underway via KidBlog, and our private Facebook group sharing events and updates with a community of teachers and family members. The Instagram feed is available here.   Image flow appears abruptly stalled.

Here we are gathered from across the State at Lake Monger for a briefing in February:

Lake Monger walk

Business interrupted.

Along with other educators in the surge towards online shores, learning and working at home has forced an adaptive impetus.

Learning at home - Tips for Students

After working through this Canva-inspired infographic solution, I realised that Smiling Mind was an oversight for my “Emotional Wellbeing” tip; their app is free, and aims to relieve tension in 10 minute bursts.

From the mind to the body: Disco Funk dance class has me clearing the lounge for an afternoon release of energy in front of a bigger screen. What are you using?

Connectives for comprehension

In the week-that-was, I collaborated on English resources for this Learning at home repository:

3 levels of reading

And, to round off this applause for adaptive practices, an important component of each day was the check-in chat afforded by Microsoft Teams meetings, part of the Office 365 suite. I am grateful to a colleague for the introduction to Robert Wood and his “A Time for Small Fish”:

What does that mean? It means a few different things. Firstly, it is to treat the minor details with as much respect as the broader picture… Second, it is to consider how we go about our habits with a sense of calm purpose… what is my small fish?  What is my daily practice that gives me faith? How can I stay balanced, safe, positive? … stay at home, read, listen, reflect. That’s what we are up to and it gives us hope. You will be better off for it and the world will thank you as well.

 

When is that point?

January 25, 2020

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Selected reference

Braungart, M. & McDonough, W. (2008). Cradle to cradle: Remaking the way we make things. London: Vintage.

an early test case

December 29, 2019

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Selected reference

Wallace-Wells, D. (2019). The uninhabitable earth: A story of the future. UK: Penguin Random House.

Suggested references

Burke, M. & Tanutama, V. (2019).
Climatic constraints on aggregate economic output. NBER Working Paper Series retrieved 29 December 2019.

Wainwright, J. & Mann, G. (2012). Climate leviathan. Antipode, pp 1-22.

Wallace-Wells, D. (2017). The uninhabitable earth, annotated edition. New York magazine, retrieved online 16 December 2019.

This might seem perverse

December 20, 2019

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Selected reference

Bloom, P. (2016). Against empathy: the case for rational compassion. London: Vintage.

The quality of life

December 19, 2019

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Selected reference

Merchant, C. (1989). The death of nature: Women, ecology and the scientific revolution. New York: Harper Collins Publishers.  

Poverty of spirit

December 1, 2019

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Selected reference

Wilkinson, R. & Pickett, K. (2019). The inner level: How more equal societies reduce stress, restore sanity and improve everyone’s well-being. UK: Penguin.

Moving on track

November 9, 2019

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Selected reference

Solnit, R. (2005). A field guide to getting lost. Edinburgh: Canongate Books.