Thanks for the warm and enthusiastic welcome. I've only just heard about the Ethos community from an ESOL teacher in NZ and thought I'd check it out.
I will try to participate and share actively, but my time is sparse at the moment, so it may be a slow start. I am also very active on global and local teacher communities on Twitter and Facebook, and that again stretches my time even more thinly :-)
Sorry for such a slow response to your welcome. I'm looking forward to more time to look through this great on-line site/forum soon with holidays just around the bend. Can't wait to read and share information. Thanks, Catherine
Lane Clark led me here with her blog post " a puddle, a pond ,a lake, an ocean." I originally posed the question to her as part of a sabbatical inquiry I am doing. I am glad she led me here. It been interesting and helpful reading the responses to her post and other posts from this community. Great stuff :)
Thanks for the welcome!!! I was drawn here from one of your Google posts. Enjoyed reading the interview with Eddie Reisch and will add a comment there too. Ooooo I've actually been here before but never joined but you've hooked me in now. I look forward to lurking, browsing & contributing lol!
Hazel, you are a WONDER! I just responded to your comment on ADDandSoMuchMore, put your link together so it clicked, clicked and marveled at what I found.
FIRST, it was such fun to get to see you and hear you.
Although I HATE the idea of having to get dressed and do hair and make-up to, basically, talk on the phone, I'm slowly warming to its possibilities (tho' I'd miss my jammies, and will have to shoe-horn in some time to wash my hair more often :-D)
I'm off to bed in a moment (2 AM here and I've been awake for 20 hours now) - but I will have to calendar time to work my way down that page of references in days to come. I'll leave it at this for now -- you are one IMPRESSIVE lady!
Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CMC, SCAC, MCC - ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder - (blogs: ADDandSoMuchMore, ADDerWorld & ethosconsultancynz - dot com) "It takes a village to transform a world!"
But seriously will organise my thoughts and say a bit more. Am adding my latest bio for a conference I am attending in June as a presenter for people to get a sense of where I really come from:
Eddie will talk broadly about all of the programmes he has been a part of developing for the last 13 years up to present day.
These programmes are:
LAMS Māori Medium programme
Virtual Learning Network senior programme
Virtual Learning Network Primary programme
English Language Learning in New Zealand (ELLINZ)
Virtual Professional Learning Development programme (VPLD)
Eddie will then focus on the key elements of these programmes as schools/kura start to plan the move from traditional face to face learning to a blended learning community approach
How they were built, why and what is the approach?
Eddie Reisch up till April 2013 was working as a Policy Advisor for Te Reo Māori Operational Policy in the Student Achievement group in the Ministry of Education in New Zealand, where he has implemented and led a range of e-learning initiatives and development, in particular the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) mainly for English Medium.
Eddie recently has gone out into his own business. He remains connected closely to his original work when the opportunity arises.
He is regarded as one of the leading innovators in the area of blended learning, and has applied during his 30 years in education an unwavering belief that all learners can be the best they can when empowered to collaborate, make choices, be creative, and learn from their mistakes.
Chuffed to have met you too (if that's the way it's used in a sentence ::grin::)
Apparently I'm still learning how things work - I JUST found the email notification that you had responded (my filters are screwy, so the notices weren't in the mailbox I set up for stuff from you), but didn't notice anything here on the site or I would have responded already.
I'm delighted you'd like to guest post - my blog is "full-featured" enough that I can include almost anything, as long as there is a nod to the "alternative" (i.e., neurodiverse) in the content. Your thought about some info re: untraditional learning approaches would probably go over very well, and would feel like a "fresh" topic (even tho' Jean is an educator as well). But if you come up with something you like better, bring it on!
I will caution you about formatting. MANY ADDers struggle staying tracked when they read; I say they tend to read "from rock to rock" - they need white space. Long paragraphs look "hard to read" to many of them (their minds tend to "nod off" mid paragraph) -- so most don't even attempt it.
You've probably noticed that a great many of my paragraphs are only a sentence or two long, for that reason - they can read a long article as long as there are enough "rocks" to give their brains a moment to consolidate what they just read. (I read WELL, btw, but even I read faster with greater retention with more white space - especially online. Those medical tomes and study reports with page-long paragraphs are a BEAR, so I generally must print and highlight for focus to get the info to stick.)
So forget whatever you learned in English class as far as paragraph formatting is concerned -- if you can POSSIBLY justify a new paragraph, use one! And if you can introduce your "sections" with headings, so much the better!
Use as many links as you like, but they won't "stand out" (i.e., "pull focus") on my blog like links anywhere else, which is often too distracting for many ADD readers, who lose the thread of the thought as a result.
I generally repeat the most important internal links at the bottom of my posts, but if you run your curser down the page, you will see that some posts are chock full of additional links that only become obvious on mouse-over. (Many of my students will admit they never click the darned things anyway - they don't want MORE to read - so they count on me to "summarize" the salient points within my article.)
I generally split really long articles into several posts, keeping content at a dull roar of aprox. 2,000 words or less in any one article before cutting to "in the next part of this article, we will look at . . ." (including links and the "extra" stuff at the bottom of every one.) Longer than many who blog, I realize, but if I could DO short easily, I'd switch to poetry ::sly wink::. So if you, like me, struggle to edit DOWN, split it, do a brief "review" to catch up new readers at the beginning of whatever comes next (most who won't click to read the earlier one, most likely) and we'll do a part two a week later. Your choice.
BTW, you don't have to "dumb down" for them - they're a bright group (as are most ADDers, btw), they simply have quirky reading needs, relative to the norm, and most carry a more than a bit of damage to their self-esteem as a result, quick to assume they are "dumb as a post." NOT so - average intelligence is actually higher than the norm, according to Yale's Thom Brown, who has a 30 year sub-specialty with ADD and Gifted. Define content-specific terms that they might not know so they don't go to the "dumb" or "too hard to read" place - but you'd be surprised how much they DO know! Don't expect them to comment, however. I have even BRIBED them to get them to DIALOGUE on the blog, yet few do.
Greetings Hazel - Thank you for inviting me into the community! Just an FYI, I was reading some of Owen's comments, from way back when I might add (and they made me smile!)...If you could let him know that we have recently launched a new website www.laneclark.ca - it is much less 'static' and certainly provides info for all resources. Thanks for sharing some of my work and passion with others!
BTW, Hazel - if you would like to "guest" on ADDandSoMuchMore, explaining what you are up to (I will insert the highlights of your AMAZING background - my readers are used to l-o-n-g posts ::grin::) -- I would like to feature you in the What Kind of World Do You Want Series.
I'd write it myself, except for that TIME thing (see my post on Jean Latting for context [remove spaces]: http:// addandsomuchmore.com /2012/05/31/ reframing-change-for-world-leaders/ - I also featured a non-Christian "kid" blogger on another [shorter] article in the Series - so there is no standard post, other than an attempt to change world paradigms)
It's an open offer - so pick a time that works for you as a marketing assist (I KNOW I don't have to worry about you misusing it - I can tell already that you are an expert in what the coaching world refers to as "attractive" vs "promotive" marketing)
HOWEVER, late April or early May would be a real help for ME, since I will be scrambling to catch up what I missed while I was away as well as attempting to handle all the "after the conference" admn. on return from ACO.
btw- Jean Latting would be a great addition here, if I may be so bold. I have no idea what kind of time constraints she is bound to and by, but she is an AMAZING thinker (links to her site in the article about her on mine)
"Chuffed" must be a NZ term - new word for me. Positive term, yes?
Fortunately for me, this site works similarly to ADDerWorld (the ADD "FaceBook" sponsored by ADD author Bryan Hutchinson), so my learning curve won't be too steep! (That TIME thing, always, is the problem, isnt it?)
You are SO endorsing, Hazel - IMHO one of the two most important skills for ADD Coaches. You could TEACH it!
Yes for April, btw - but I have some questions, and will have to "deliver" in March.
I am speaking at the ACO Conference in Atlanta - April 11-14 - with a partner. I have learned that ALWAYS means a last minute flurry - so whenever I must dovetail with another, I try to clear my schedule of as much as possible for the two weeks preceeding -- to leave time for the inevitable .
FYI, I will be *literally* unavailable from April 10th through the 16th - I can't time-slice business-as-usual AND a full conference where my chronos are upside down, where a good 95-99% of those in attendence have diagnostic ADD!! (if I expect to emerge with a working neuron in my head, that is!)
THEN there's catch-up. ::groan::
Since I am unclear about the the link policy here, if anyone is interested in reading about the ACO conference, copy the addresses below and remove the spaces before pasting in your browser window.
My intention is to post speakers notes & expanded seminar binder content - as with last year's conference - but I hope to get a jump start on it THIS time, so plan to start posting soon (accent on "intention," "hope" and "plan" ::VBG::)
Thanks again for the invite and the welcome. Pleased to be here.