"I love the rain drop analogy that you employ. I saw a wonderful Ted Talk yesterday by Amanda Palmer that made me think of you. Your message of hope and optimism in the form of a rain cloud is brilliant and touching. Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain!"This supportive comment cheered me up AND lead me serendipitously to Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman and all that jazz (thank you for your lovely comment btw, you know who you are).
I love the idea of sharing and trust explored in Amanda's TEDTalk, 'The Art of Asking'; there are those who will never understand why some of who do what we do (whatever it is, be it art, music, writing, teaching) and give so much of us into what we love - for free. I give my all to my job, it is never 8.30-3.30, it is constant. I see teachable moments in adverts, bill boards, films, books, music, conversation - heck, even aeroplane information cards! I think, I write, I read, I try - and it really impacts the relationship I have with my learners because I am so involved in it. It is not just a pay cheque. My 'obsession' some say, those love-haters, as Amanda says, causes tension. Amanda suggests that they can't see the relationship; they can't see the exchange; the exchange that is very fair to us but alien to them. Because they are not there. They aren't in it. And they can't get there unless they try. They must dip their toes.
The sharabale connectable content in the Internet takes us back to relationships that allow us to really connect. We can ask learners to come on a journey with us. Online tools make it easy and instinctive for learners to connect and share and ask others to help, comment and support; equally, my PLN makes my life easier and much fuller. I feel like I can ask.
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