I often have a whole bunch of free floating facts in my brain and most of it comes from listening to CBC Radio. I have been listening since I was a zygote and if I had my way, I would listen to CBC for at least 8 hours a day. As a result, I find many things that would be a fit in the FFP classroom through the radio.
Here is the latest: a 5 episode series called ReCivilization hosted by Don Tapscott. It explores the impact and possibility of collaborative technology in several different areas. I think it ties right into Civics. Maybe too heady for some but I find it fascinating. In episode 5, there is an interview with Mitchell Baker, the Chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation. Her interview inspires me to use more open source software.
Dear FFP 2012-
Welcome to my first attempts at a blog. If you look carefully it has been sadly neglected the last six months but I hope, with the renewed energy that FFP gives me, that you will watch me write on a regular basis. Besides that is what I will be asking you to do so why should I expect less of myself?
I had an idea for this blog several years ago and the first couple entries explain what I was going for. I want to weave the poem “Lines” by William Wordsworth throughout the entries as a kind of theme or motif. I have actually memorized a large portion of this poem. It needs to be dusted off but I am a huge fan of memorizing poems, plays, monologues, quotations. Mrs. Marr, my grade four teacher used to make us memorize one poem a month. I also went to Sunday School and in order to get a sticker you needed to memorize verses from the Bible. I was quite competitive so I had my verses memorized. I credit these earlier experiences to why I fell in love with Shakespeare and theatre in general. In grade nine, for the fun of it, I memorized Shylock’s monologue “Hath not a Jew eyes? from the Merchant of Venice. Especially with Shakespeare, when the language seems slightly distant from our own way of speaking, memorizing helps break open the thoughts of the character because you internalize the words into a more natural speaking pattern. I love nothing more than walking and reciting monologues.
About This Blog