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in the world of Doctor Who
the year I was born.
Speaking of regeneration, how appropriate that, in a sense, I’ll be regenerating into a new year in a couple of weeks. And I am a Doctor…of Education.
Stay tuned for a new haiku each day (or evening)…
…a haiku series from my last month as a first-year quinquagenarian.
As with many things in life, this just happened.
I had this grand vision of taking a month-long road trip the year I turned 50 and writing a book about the experience, including thoughts and observations on my life (and life in general) so far.
Well, as John Lennon sang–but didn’t originate–in “Beautiful Boy,” life “is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” So, no trip and no book (yet).
One night a few weeks ago, I woke up from a recliner nap and boom! I got an idea. No rhyme, no reason, it just came to me: For my last month as a 50-year-old, I would write a haiku each night to capture the experience.
As the Poetry Foundation reminds us, a haiku is “a Japanese verse form most often composed, in English versions, of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. A haiku often features an image, or a pair of images, meant to depict the essence of a specific moment in time” [my emphasis].
Each night for one month I will write and post a haiku. By September 17, the end-result will be a 30-haiku series. At that time, I’ll (hopefully) be starting a new year and chapter of what I call my “Age of Quinquagenarius.”
I know the authors of this article see only monsters, but I swear I see some Doctors in there! Here’s what I (think I) spy:
One of my parents passed away earlier this month. Pictured above is a homemade sympathy card from one of my students (I teach a college course on Doctor Who: “Doctor Who: TARDIS Travels in General Education).
Teaching & advising have their own priceless benefits & rewards…
My response to a piece I read yesterday: Top 10 Education Technologies that Will Be Dead in Gone in the Next Decade
The perpetual problem with educational technology is that, collectively speaking, educators do not take time to really think about the affordances and (dis)advantages of the particular technology. In other words, will the technology really be a boon for student learning, or will it just be another fad to be momentarily (and expensively) embraced in the beginning, only to be quickly relegated to the storage closet. Here’s a quote from a piece I read a couple of years ago:
“Every technology is used before it is completely understood. There is always a lag between an innovation and the apprehension of its consequences.”–From “Among the Disrupted,” New York Times Book Review, 1-18-15
As for dead technology # 7 (from the article/link above), last semester I assigned each of my students a DVD with content that was to be the central source for an upcoming research project. The material is only available on DVD. One student was truly puzzled and asked what she could do about her dilemma: she did not own or have access to a basic DVD player (Blu-Ray wasn’t even mentioned). As I write this post, I look to my left and remember that laptops are now manufactured without DVD drives. “Stream” is a verb…for now…and a river runs through it…