Sunday the 2nd of November 2014
Last night, we went to Cmentarz Bródnowski for Wszystkich Swietych. I have never seen anything quite like it in my life; every grave was adorned with ornate decoration, candles and flowers. We wandered around in the cold of the night, reading the tombstones and talking about history. There were some dates which particularly interested us, mainly those relating to WW1 and WW2. I’ve finished planning for the five lessons I have on Monday which often causes me the most stress. I have my fingers crossed that I can use my USB flash drive in the classroom television to play some of the audio and video files I’m required to use. Teaching in a school full of accessible, up to date technology actually requires more preparation than teaching in one without sometimes as there is so much more choice. I enjoy the variation though; I think it’s much more pleasant for the students too, particularly the adult groups.
A good traveller has no fixed plans.
(Lau Tzu, Taoist Philosopher)
I finished filling in my Google Squared Enrolment Questionnaire earlier today, I felt quite proud of my answers as it took me a lot of time to really think them through. My boyfriend helped me a lot by listening to me reading my drafts aloud. “By the time I graduate from Squared Online, I hope to have obtained the skills necessary for me to prosperously recognise and utilise digital trends. I am optimistic that this course will enable me to express my proficiency in a manner both creative and analytical, from development to fruition.” We also watched a lot of Google Squared introduction videos on YouTube in case I am required to make one myself during the first module. I’ve come up with a few ideas and have decided that more than a minute might just be too long to keep people interested. I’ve been thinking about Buzzfeed and the way a lot of their videos are written and filmed, food for thought.
Thinking about whether you’re more of a leader, contributor, doer or facilitator takes time. Especially as my first response was facilitator, then I realised, no, I’m definitely more of a contributor. Have I worked in a virtual team before? Yes. Am I able to interpret digital measures of success and identify opportunities for testing or optimisation of current or future activity? Yes. There is an entire list of questions such as these to be answered using a scale of one to ten. The scale is linked to personal confidence.
Anyway, this blog might take a slightly different direction in the future, as I progress on this new educational journey, the posts will no doubt become more closely associated with digital marketing. However, I hope this change will encourage (rather than discourage) readers.