y share a common goal and approach our terrain is different. Does this mean that the road map must be different?
Put another way, we may both use dialogic pedagogy to increase critical consciousness but how important is it that the narratives of our journneys will be different? And, is the difference relative or absolute? I'd say the difference is relative as we share the same conceptual framework, and both our narratives can be related to the same ideal and our success can be measured against that goal. The road maps are different because we are both heading for the same place but from different starting points. Understanding the narratives of one another's journeys can help to give us a fuller picture of the terrain surrounding our common goal. So I am very much in favour of our entering into an exchange of ideas about the issues experienced on our journeys.
My first question to you about the narrative of your journey is this: what is it about the British and other European approaches that you would like to follow, and why?
I look forward to some interesting discussions with you.
If I were designing a program to provide protected searches, the word GAY would be included, along with a hundred other terms that are frequently used for pornographic web sites.
I don't feel that your concern is justified.
may imply the following:
* tasks that are composed of multiple steps, perhaps even many steps, and / or
* tasks that involve multiple instructions, perhaps with multiple degrees of freedom and multiple evaluation criteria
It might help to keep thinking about the opposite of simple, whilst applying it to every aspect of a task.
Of course, "complex" will still be a relative term.
Similarly, there is a term called "complex systems", and some of these systems may also exhibit chaotic behaviour (e.g. weather).
Complexity can result in surprising behaviour, just by scaling up a simple concept by several orders of magnitude.
For example, there's a simple programming system that uses just four "letters" but when billions of these letters are assembled in a particular order they create the functionality of a human being - that complex system is the genetic coding found in DNA.…
aps between rich and poor, using maps that I create and host at http://mappingforjustice.blogspot.com. In such a discussion we'd try to help people focus on all of the high poverty areas of big cities, so that our discussion could lead to strategies that give poor kids more access to all of the great ideas for 2.0 learning, and career development, that are not as available to them as they are to other kids.
Furthermore, my focus would be on ways that student learning-service projects could enlist them as mobilizers who help reach out to the adult community, or parents, relatives, business and philanthropy, media, etc. so that we use web 2.0 to build the public will power, and financing, to support an equalizing of learning opportunities in poor communities, and that we sustain this commitment for the 12 to 20 years that it takes for a youth to go from pre school through high school without dropping out, loosing interest, or failing to get the skills needed for a 21st century job.
I'm sure others are struggling with this "how to make it happen" issue and hopefully they would want to pitch in on this with their own ideas.…
mployer, one of the first things to look at is the compensation and benefits package. Obviously that is an important factor, but there are many more reasons that should influence a decision. Aidi has quite a lot to offer its foreign teachers outside of the obvious and expected, and the following should definitely be considered!
Working with the best and teaching the best.
Aidi values excellence, so it’s no surprise that the teachers and students are definitely the best! Foreign teachers have a wonderful opportunity to work with some of the most intelligent, qualified, and friendly colleagues. Working with the best teachers means teachers are able to learn from each other’s methods and teaching styles.
Foreign teachers will also have the pleasure of working with and teaching some of smartest and most disciplined students. Teaching a class is always more enjoyable when the students are well-behaved, and Aidi’s students certainly are!
Sports, leisure, and recreational activities.
Leisure and recreation time is something that is valued at Aidi, and foreign teachers will have access to various extracurricular activities such as sports and workshops. Teachers are also encouraged to take part in organized sporting events for the students. Teachers with a passion for certain sports are able to join the school teams and help coach the players. Foreign teachers have access to Aidi’s sporting and exercise facilities, and are welcome to use them at their leisure.
All of the Chinese festivals and holidays are recognized at Aidi, and foreign teachers are able to celebrate them. Events are held during the holidays, and foreign teachers are able to join in the festivities and participate in the celebrations. Aidi regularly organizes events during the holidays, and foreign teachers may help in the coordination, and join in the activities. Appropriately, rewards and bonuses are eligible to foreign teachers during festivals.
Training and credential earning programs.
Excellence is an integral part of Aidi, so our foreign teachers are given access to all kinds of special training programs. Aidi wants its teachers to be the best they can be, and through courses and workshops offered through Aidi, foreign teachers can improve upon themselves and demonstrate their excellence!
The Aidi family.
Aidi treats its teachers and employees as family, and makes every effort to help foreign teachers during special circumstances. Whether it is having a child, getting married, or the loss of a relative, Aidi makes sure that its foreign teachers are taken care of. Foreign teachers are eligible to receive a financial bonus from Aidi upon having a child, getting married, or experiencing the loss of a relative.
Aidi’s foreign teachers can expect some of the best benefits available to foreign teachers in China. It is important for schools to take good care of their teachers, and Aidi has a proven track record of providing the most to its foreign employees!…
"class" in reality & on-line at the same time. I beleive in manners and respect (an old-school belief), to my children I am "dad," my friends may use my first name, I prefer my students and people I don't know to call me Mr. Madsen. Familiarity breeds contempt.
I use social networking and I am expanding how I use it, my experience so far:
* Facebook - friends & relatives, people who are (or were) in my social circles during my life; won't "friend" anyone I don't know directly (won't add friend-of-friend unless referal comes too)
* Linked-In - professional network, former colleagues I've had direct experience working with and whom I respect in their professional behavior / career path; occassional (but rare) overlap with Facebook friends; have used for job searching
* Ning - new to this service; private network option is wonderful! Member of my Corporate Library Group (nationwide spread so this is ideal for us) happy to apply "limits" to who joins & when
I can't see expanding my social networking too extensively because I am not a fan of multiple-multitasking and, frankly, I like to "unplug" and enjoy reality without an electronic tether... For all the "immediacy" of current business practice, unless the field is medicine, most stuff is simply "not that important"…