Author: abeketb

Storybird – Creative Writing Inspired by Art

Setting out to create a story or poem can be a daunting task for many adult literacy students. They may not have confidence in their ideas or they may simply find it difficult to find inspiration. Fortunately there is a web application to help. Storybird is a an excellent example of social entrepreneurship offering a unique website aimed at inspiring creative writing.

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Leadership

Recently at the Adult Literacy Organisers’ Forum I had an opportunity to listen, learn and reflect on leadership and innovation in adult literacy. It was wonderful to have this time with colleagues from around the country and to hear new perspectives and experiences. In my role as chairperson of the Adult Literacy Organisers’ Association I said a few words on the topic and shared my own views of leadership in adult literacy. I would like to share this with you all now! There are many publications, much research and much academic writing on leadership – whether it is the...

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Intrinsic Motivation

Some of you were lucky enough to explore the concept of motivation while on Erasmus over the summer. Being self motivated is really important in the learning environment but sometimes even the most motivated of us need a help along. It can be all the more challenging when some learners are mandated to be in our environment, where traditionally we provided services to people who attended voluntarily. However there are ways that you currently use to motivate students to learn, to participate and to share. You all have strategies that you developed over the years. We have all learned...

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Erasmus+ Austria

The Importance of Continuous Professional Development & the Erasmus Experience I was recently asked to write some anecdotes regarding my recent experience of participating in an Erasmus Mobility in Austria during 2017.  I am not a regular blogger when it comes to writing articles for inclusion in the tutor newsletter or elsewhere for that matter.  To begin, I felt it was important to consider, “why continuous professional development is so important? I have been with the service in one way or another for a long time.  When you come out of college, fresh from the experience with your shiny...

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Reading

We read for different reasons.  I read for pleasure, I always have at least one book ‘on the go’ – it helps me enter into another time and space, to learn about different lives and cultures, different times in history, experience language and learn new words.  I read for information, for news, for work. I read. The sheer enjoyment of reading a good story, of having the opportunity to share it or discuss it or simply privately enjoy the experience myself is actually a privilege. The ‘simple’ act of reading, that so many of us take for granted, actually...

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