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)
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!