My presentation, “Arts & Society: An Exploration of Historically Significant Communities of Artists and Their Ability to Spark Social Change,” is finally completed. It is on-line and can be viewed below. Patience is needed, as the file is quite massive and will take several minutes to load. The PREZI presentation contains hundreds of images and even a few video clips.
This is just a quick post to celebrate a small milestone. Today, The Necessary Revolution blog has reached the milestone of 10,000 hits! Hooray. I am quite impressed. Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to browse, read, and respond to the posts on this site. The ClustrMap shows the traffic from the last two weeks, and shows that there have been visitors from many and varied countries. Click the ClustrMap in the right side-bar to see this traffic map enlarged. Much of this success is due to the popularity of a couple of frequently hit ‘top posts’. My top four posts bring in several hundred hits to this site every day. If you haven’t already checked them out, please do [and don’t be shy, let me know what you think].
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Its the middle of January, and I feel as though I’m just getting my feet firmly on the ground after flying into a new year, a new decade. A new decade? Wow, that one went quickly! I’ve felt a little overwhelmed, disoriented even, starting back at work after the Christmas holiday break. Before the break, I was fortunate to be working with a very capable intern, Ashley, who was teaching much of my course-load. Needless to say, it was a bit of shock to come back to the full workload of teaching. [Ashley, I really appreciated your help!] My first day back to work was also, officially, my first day back to my graduate studies. This winter semester is going to be very challenging. I have decided to attempt to study two courses simultaneously, in addition to a full teaching load, and my other full-time life as a father and husband. I’m not sure how this is going to work out. Over the past year, my blog posts have been very much focused on sustainability and ESD. This focus is not likely to change, as it seems to be the ultimate goal or purpose on any of my investigations in pedagogy. Now I am heading down two new paths that may or may not overlap very much. Many of my posts will be part of my reflection and studies as a part of EC&I 832 which will focus primarily on educational technologies and their links to pedagogy. My other area of study is and independent directed study though which I am to explore several communities of artists that have had significant and shaping impact on their greater societies. The aim is to discover common traits and characteristics that can be emulated and applied to my own pedagogical practices. The end goal is to learn from significant communities of artists and find ways to create and inspire change in my community and society. So, like everything else in my life, this might get a little messy. It might get difficult to separate the two areas of study, after all and in the end, everything is related to pedagogy and making a difference with young people. I think I have been a slightly afraid of the chaos that I have set in front of myself. But here I go… I’m jumping in … I’ve got my feet on the ground now.
2010 promises to be a great year. It is a year in which eyes from around the world will be on my country, Canada, as the Olympics begin next month. It is a year in which the world’s greatest sporting event, the FIFA World Cup, kicks off this summer in South Africa. It is the year in which my beautiful wife and I will witness our girls turn four. I, myself, will turn thirty-three [which has always been one of my favourite numbers]. This is the year in which I plan to develop and execute a major project in my study of curriculum and instruction, thus culminating my graduate studies. It is a year through which I plan to develop significantly as a professional, as a father, and as a person on this planet. This is a year in which we are sure to see several very interesting and important global and political developments as the world populations realize that they cannot rely on their governments to respond responsibly to global climate crisis’. It is shaping up to be a very exciting year, and so it is with enthusiasm and excitement that I jump in. Here we go!