Cops and Robbers

October 29, 2013 at 18:33 (Uncategorized)

My comic for the Comics and Graphic Novel course on Coursera.

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What type of teacher are you?

October 23, 2013 at 20:10 (Uncategorized)

Something came up a while ago and it involved thinking about and discussing what type of teacher you want to be, and turning the teacher you are into that. It got me thinking, and the thing I thought was is that I don’t see myself as a ‘teacher’. I see myself as somebody who knows some stuff and I’m sharing it with other people who want to know that stuff.

When I first started teaching I had no idea how to share what I knew – in fact, I didn’t even really know what I knew. It was just in my brain and I used it. And I still do. But in the beginning I didn’t have any techniques nor ideas, I just followed the course book because it was better than me. I still use the course book a lot but I try to use more natural ways of sharing the stuff in my brain – the English stuff not the manga or game stuff, or the music stuff. Or the sewing stuff.

So the other day I made up a lesson completely from scratch. It was quite successful despite having a couple of errors as the students produced a narrative story. In addition, I received some awesome feedback which totally boosted my ego. I also decided to do the Blended Learning through Coursera because I thought I would be able to adapt the ideas (it’s mainly for teaching school children) to the ESL classroom. But I’ve come to love this Blended Learning idea – it’s a work in progress so there are a couple of hiccups and requires a change of thinking from parents and students (and society) but I think it’s a great system and I would have loved to being taught that way. I think it’s also why I enjoy MOOCs so much.

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Predictions

October 19, 2013 at 19:40 (Uncategorized)

I don’t try to make predictions on what’s going to happen in the movies I watch or in the manga I read. Mainly because I like the surprises, the twists and the unknown. The curiosity of what might happen based on what I’ve seen/read so far doesn’t really appeal to me.

However, I saw something in Fairy Tail that had me convinced a situation was going to develop. I saw the last panel and was all OMG – it’s that! Then I spend the week wondering if I was right. I was wrong as it turned out but it got me thinking about people who try and work out what’s going to happen next. And it made me think about how they enjoy the chapter they’re reading now. Reading for future clues versus my reading of the present chapter as the now.

I haven’t really thought about it in too much detail but it did make me realise one thing – the Comics and Graphic Novel course I’m doing through Coursera has filtered into my manga and comic reading – not negatively, but my reading has slightly changed.

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Novelisations

October 7, 2013 at 20:00 (Uncategorized)

I love novelisations. It’s like reading a slightly different version of something you really enjoyed, and you get to see what someone else saw – I really like it.

And Amazon has this really dangerous 1-click purchase thing so… I ended up with a novelisation of Doom (the movie) and ICO – which is awesome. I am really enjoying it, I’m addicted. It’s more fleshed out than the game – it is not a walkthrough – and it brings in possible reasons and traditions for the events in the game.

I’m also really enjoying the writing style. It’s easy to read without being simple. I recommend it for people who think like me.

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Honestly honest

October 1, 2013 at 18:33 (Uncategorized)

So I play a elemental mage most Friday evenings. Ars Magica – I’ve come to enjoy it.

This mage of mine, Kolya, is not able to keep a secret. It’s not that he doesn’t understand what a secret is, and if he thinks about it he can keep one, it’s just that he doesn’t always think before he speaks and so secrets fall out. With this is mind it was terrible entertaining to read +Anima. Cooro is a lot like Kolya – some of the time what was happening in the manga was funny but it was funnier for me because of Kolya.

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