With the change of command ceremony on Saturday, our time on the ISS [International Space Station] has really come to an end and our focus is on descent. Last time, I landed in the summer in the desert of California in a space shuttle. This time, it will be winter on the steppes of Kazakhstan in a gumdrop shaped capsule! I have a feeling I already know which one will be bumpier… [Sunita Williams –
I seem to be neglecting this space again. I’m not sure if it is because I have so many online spaces which I need to curate in different sections of my life – work, research and personal. It could be that I have too many spaces, it could be that I simply needed some time away from writing after finishing my MA or it could be that I simply felt I couldn’t cope with the
As many of you will know, over the past two years I have been completing an MA in New Literacy Studies at the University of Sheffield. As I reflected earlier in the year this has been both challenging and enjoyable. I have Julia Davies, the most spectacular tutor, to thank for her support and encouragement over the past two years, without her words of wisdom the course would have been so much harder. I also need to thank my
In June I received an unexpected email from Angela Thomas, who I have met in 2009 at the UKLA Conference in Greenwich, inviting me to be a keynote speaker at a the New Literacies, Digital Media and Classroom Teaching conference (#UTASNewLits) at the University of Tasmania on 3rd September. Obviously I jumped at the opportunity and was able to travel to Australia a week early, having completed my MA thesis two weeks before the deadline. This meant
I’m currently at the University of Chester taking part in the UKLA International Conference. Today I ran a session about social media and in particular the ways in which Twitter can be used as a professional development network but also as a way on engaging children in real writing. The workshop draws on work I have already published in English 4-11 and also an upcoming book chapter which will be published in September. Learning
This is a sad and difficult post for me to write as I have decided to suspend my blog and some of my other online activities until September. This is mainly due to the fact that I have a large amount of projects going on at the moment including authoring another book chapter, writing my MA dissertation, speaking at conferences and coordinating creative learning across my school on top of my full-time teaching responsibilities. Although
I watched the film Gladiator earlier today and thought this quote apt at reflecting the mismatch and conflicting messages teachers get from various organisations/bodies!
Following on from my previous blog post I would to thank every single person who contributed views, comments and projects to the resource. I have collected the information and it is now available for all to see. Please feel free to share the presentation with other colleagues. There are some fantastic ideas in there! How do you inspire writers? View more presentations from Martin Waller.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for reading Changing Horizons and I hope that you enjoy some of the new posts and sections of the website I will be launching in 2011. All the best, Martin
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