Saturday, October 18, 2008


I am in a unique position of being able to stand back a bit and not have that 'connection'that teachers have with students when they see them everyday....I knew this going into the program, that i might not have my own classroom or classes in which to do my field work and adjusted myself accordingly. Here i am, almost like an earlier ethnographer-seemingly objective- remaining the outsider looking in. But, I have to remind myself that I bring 'me' into everywhere I go...

(pic: 1922: Malinowski "The Ethnographer" at work in Omarakana)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


i am now in mid october....where has time gone? i lurk...i wonder....i vote...waunder....and i lurk some more...and think of Mervyn Peake and "...the vastest things of are those we may not learn...."


I sat and watched a few teachers performing...some so simple in their approach and I wonder if sometimes engagement occurs inherently when learners are involved in a process of collaboration both with their peers and teachers? In classes where there is more teacher led 'work', the listeners can sink into their own thoughts. Drama is inherently a participatory subject....we need to shift our approach to make all the school curriculum more like a drama class.