This post is not an attempt to gazump Fogarty's brilliant blog, the Tao of Te(a)ching even if the quote is from his guru....
and, considering how many of my posts these days are dedicated to dogme, I wouldn't want to bore anyone with more of that, even if there is one particular post in the blogosphere which is indeed annoying me - in my opinion: another attempt to justify non-student-centered classrooms.
It's also not about a completely different yet equally controversial blog post in the 'sphere... despite being rushed off my feet these days, I have one eye cocked as I vaguely watch my screen unravel an embarrassing scramble of folks killing themselves to be listed or to get their best mates listed on the so-called "TEFL:100 the list of "influencers..."
Ya gotta wonder.
Oh.. for heaven's sake, we're in a bubble...a micro-sized niche of education. Get a grip - it's not Shakespeare and no one is shaking the ground, earthquake style. Sometimes when you read through the testosterone-driven fields of our profession, you'd almost think we were writing novels, movies and competing for Oscars...
Arrogance is such a big subject in my mind at the moment.
I talked to a dear friend over the weekend... she was telling me she got accepted to IATEFL and was pretty excited - when she told me about her proposal, I said
What a great idea! Sometimes it's better to be a big fish in a little pond because if you'd gone for x... well, you could pretty much disappear in that very big pond -
and with a smirk she retorted...
OR you'd have to become a shark.
I wonder if that's what happened to some of these old guys...
They just had to become reef dwellers.. you know the ones I mean, the ones that can not stop talking about themselves. I wonder if they're afraid that the current and amazing PLN of talented teachers and presenters are going to clean come and eat them up. So silly, there's sea enough for all of us.
But I wonder if this will wind up being us, one day - today's explorers and adventurers today - are we going to wind up in twenty or thirty years time scared out of our wits of giving up the stage to the brighter sparks?
Somehow I don't think so, though, as for the most part we have another vision - we share and we care. And like some of my favourite folks out there in the 'verse (Harmer, Greenall, Thornbury, Wilson) we'll join in and like them, we'll support: we'll build and we'll continue learning.
Sidebar 2All this.. you know the Greatest Master stuff... gotta say, it was certainly something to mull over on the way home from the very best conference I've ever attended: TESOL France - Kudos Ms Cagnol - there were just so many incredibly talented presenters there and boy, what an audience!
Active, lively, interested teachers - filled with super questions, determined to get down to the pedagogy (andragogy) behind all the flash and dash of tech.
Engaged with the content and profession.
Except... for one old guy.
A "master"... who hogged the stage in the evening's entertainment event.
How much more impressed we would have been with him if instead of doing the
he'd allowed the real talent to shine.
How much more impressed with him we would all have been if he'd help create masters...
By the way, did I ever tell you I've swum with sharks?
Twice, actually, once by accident... months and months later I was sitting in a pub telling some Aussies that I had loved swimming in Nara Inlet at 6 in the morning because I was the only one there at that hour and they said, you mean the place with the tiger sharks?
And then once on purpose, off the coast of Sipadan... and although I was initally fascinated by their focus and musculed mass I soon saw their greyness, their lack of intelligence and dead eyes, and turned to concentrate on the incredibly beautiful turtles. (That wasn't an analogy, btw, it's the way it was).
Hmmm... this is an convoluted post, isn't it. I don't dare press draft though as it will disappear and become draft #53...