There were some interesting areas raise in both the Skype discussion groups on Sunday.
Ones that resonated with me were those pointing to the following;
Being 'in limbo'
Willingness to accept change
Each notion here needs some unpacking, some unraveling, needs to enter into a process of interpretation, evaluation (upon reflection of that interpretation) in order for any of the notions to carry meaning for any of us. The meaning we attribute is to do with the choices we make, affected by the context we're in, our values, what we know as 'known' and what we do not yet know...and this will be different for each of us.
There is no universal meaning.
But there is space to breathe.
There is a little bit of breath for all of us here.
Brandon offered the phrase, that I've adopted here 'a little bit of breath' as a feeling for him in response to the discussion he was a part of yesterday. That this programme is not telling you what to do and how to do it. That there aren't right or wrong answers (actually that we're not posing questions seeking answers at all). There is room for individuality and that is valued. There is a valuing of your experiences and those experiences being meaningful through a process of reflection. There is choice... and there is always the spaces between.
The space between is where we breathe.
Take in what's around us...let things affect us...consider how we experience them... and choose how we may respond.
In this MA try not to position yourself in opposition to things ...Academia...versus...Us
Try to question what you believe to be Truths.
Look for Validity of you, of your experiecnes from within them, not external to.
Accept the in-betweens, moment of being 'in limbo' and recognise the space they offer to breathe.
Harness a willingness to accept change as inevitable, fundamental, rather than resist it by sticking to patterns you hold habitually perhaps.
Try to see teaching and learning as Transactions, more than an offering and receiving of knowledge.
Enjoy the spaces you find this week...talk about them through your blogs...
I look forward to sharing them.