#clmooc Remediation Make Cycle 2

I’ve been really fascinated by what’s coming across my social media feeds as educators of all kinds have tackled the idea of “reMEDIAtion” over the last week in the #clmooc group.  As my avocation is special education for adults, I … Continue reading #clmooc Remediation Make Cycle 2

The Rhizomatic Curriculum Vitae #rhizo15

The Rhizomatic CV I am still thinking about the first week of #rhizo15 – some 2500 tweets, lots of FB conversations, lots of playfulness, lots of deep teeter-tottery thinking…. The rhizomatic model, even understood merely as an alternative to what Deleuze and Guattari refer to as the arborescent model of how systems work, is really useful as a way to approach alternatives in education, particularly in my field of interest (adults with intellectual disabilities) and leadership. It makes of us nomads, able to chart our own course despite the “war machine.” Part of what I am thinking through is ways … Continue reading The Rhizomatic Curriculum Vitae #rhizo15

What is the work?

  Dan Pontefract, author of Flat Earth: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization, was having a contest.   It is over, so I won’t win a book, but I’m going to go buy his book anyway as I really like the way he is thinking about work and connections…  and it gave me a chance to process some of what I was thinking about over the last weeks and last week in particular.  The question he’s asking is “How do you define the word ‘work.’” I was in Toronto taking a refresher course in a planning method we use a … Continue reading What is the work?

breakfast with the enemy #rhizo14

Embrace Uncertainty is the call to arms of this week’s conversation in the Rhizomatic Learning – The community is the curriculum P2P course. I have been thinking a lot about interdependence, which, really, I do think about a lot.  So then I started thinking about the uncertainty of identity, and how identity is shaped by interdependence.   Our culture’s focus on independence has taken us in some strange directions, which haven’t worked for many people, and yet are not often questioned.  Surely independence is a good thing?   It is perceived to be the opposite of dependency, but the negative … Continue reading breakfast with the enemy #rhizo14

baby birds and the enforcing of independence #rhizo14

“Clarissa had a theory in those days – they had heaps of theories, always theories, as young people have. It was to explain the feeling they had of dissatisfaction; not knowing people; not being known. For how could they know each other? You met every day; then not for six months, or years. It was unsatisfactory, they agreed, how little one knew people. But she said, sitting on the bus going up Shaftesbury Avenue, she felt herself everywhere; not ‘here, here, here’; and she tapped the back of the seat; but everywhere. She waved her hand, going up Shaftesbury Avenue. … Continue reading baby birds and the enforcing of independence #rhizo14

Rhizomatic Learning: Cheating as Learning #rhizo14

Interesting to try to keep up with all the posts about this Week One idea of cheating as learning in this class on rhizomatic learning.  So many perspectives.  I related to one about the general discomfort around the idea of cheating, and then another person said why not call it “changing the rules” – but as I think it all through, at least from the perspective I’m taking, I think I like the idea of cheating as a conversation starter. I’ve been fascinated by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari ideas about the “rhizomatic,” concepts they created to oppose what they called … Continue reading Rhizomatic Learning: Cheating as Learning #rhizo14