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Creativity

One of the most constructive articles about creativity in the educational context that I’ve seen in a long time, this came to my attention in a recent email.  First published in 2011, the edited article article appeared online three years ago.  Into my bibliography it goes, whether or not the PGCert portfolio is complete – professional development is continual, after all!

Veronica Harris, ‘So you want to be creative‘, in the Australian online magazine, Teacher. (14 June 2014)

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Taking Stock – A Bit of Writing

It’s hard to know whether you’re publishing enough, when you’re a part-time postdoc!  But sitting and taking stock of recent writing activity, I think I’m probably on track.

  • A journal article about our research project (basically a smartened up version of a paper I gave in Antwerp, Summer 2014) – pending publication.
  • An article I wrote for a librarianship magazine – more of a personal opinion piece than scholarly writing – pending publication.
  • A peer-reviewed, and quite significantly revised version of a paper I gave in Aberdeen, Spring 2014 – submitted and pending response.
  • A completely different article about the research project – peer-reviewed and resubmitted – pending response.
  • 3 encyclopedia articles uploaded but as yet uncommented upon – pending.

When I’m not in the mood for writing in my spare time, I tend to indulge my creativity arranging music, sewing, or writing blogposts like this one.  There’s been quite a bit of creativity in between article revisions of late!  However, my wardrobe is now bulging, and I have a backlog of tune arrangements that are in score, uploaded to Dropbox, but need separate parts for each instrument.  I really should knuckle down!

However, I’m quite looking forward to tomorrow, because the church choir that I’m responsible for, will be singing one of my own compositions – not an arrangement of a pre-existing tune, for once! – at the end of the service.  They’ve practiced hard, and so have I.  I do hope the congregation sits still long enough to actually hear it!  If there’s a hubbub of people talking and getting up to leave while we’re still performing (yes, this happens), I shall come home very dejected.  I shouldn’t mind, because it happens so regularly and regardless of what we’re singing, but … well, I hope it doesn’t happen tomorrow, all the same!