It is easy to become closer to some than others as we can’t keep the same level of interaction with everyone which is just fine. I was so happy to be among those who Carol interacted at some level this year and I’m more than happy to answer her questions. Here they are:
Carol: What do you most enjoy about blogging?
Me: Going through the process of reflection really helps me make sense of what I do in the classroom, but without doubt that interacting with people is what I enjoy the most. I have always kept my own journals privately and I have notebooks I used as such, but blogging open the line of communication with other teachers and I just love the possibility of learning from dialoguing.
C: How far do you travel to work? How do you travel?
Me: I live about 20-minutes walk from the school I work for. In the morning, the van picks my daughter and me. In the afternoon, I usually walk. And in the evening, I take the bus. Although it is not far, it is not safe to walk at night alone. Most people have cars around here. I can’t drive. I went to driving school in London though. I could drive there. 😉 but not here.
C: What three things do you like to have with you when working?
C: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Why?
Me: I’d go to Switzerland to visit Vicky and have long conversations in person. 😀
Carol: What month next year are you most looking forward to? Why?
Me: September. If there is any chance of me traveling to a place next year other than in Brazil, it will to be attend The 2nd International Loras Workshop. The person I had interacted the most in my PLN this year was Vicky. She accepted my request to mentor me and we have skyped on a regular basis. She has impacted my PD tremendously. I hope to see many others from my PLN there too.
Carol: What was the last movie you saw? What did you think?
Me: I watched The Heat (2013) last couple of nights ago. The story of two ladies who have to work together in a case, one a local police officer and the other one a special agent (FBI). Problem is they don’t know how to work with others. And nobody likes them. Not even their own family. It’s a journey one might have to take for self-discovering and mutual understanding by sharing their weakness and struggles. I quite liked it and laughed at certain scenes. You can’t help but laugh. Hilarious.
Carol: What meal do you prepare most often for friends?
Me: Pizza. But although I love cooking, my husband usually does the honor. 😀
Carol: What was the first thing you ate today?
Me: My lunch. I don’t usually eat anything in the morning. I just have a cup of coffee. Bad habit, I know. When I am working in the morning, I always have something like a cereal bar, or a snack in my bag in case I need.
Carol: What do YOU think about reality TV shows?
Me: I’m not sure what to think about them. I don’t usually watch TV. I don’t like soap operas, but I would compare reality shows to Brazilian Soap Operas but less staged. A lot of what happens in both is what happens in real life if compared with the news. I don’t like being an expectator of other people’s life. I like having an active role.
Carol: Do you play a musical instrument? If not, would you like to? Which one?
Me: I don’t play anything, but I’d like to learn how to play the guitar.
Among the things that Carol shared with us about her, I found one that I can relate the most.
I also love a good argument. I prefer those that I win. Otherwise, as long as I can say what I think, challenge or be challenged, and feel like I’m making some sense, I’m happy.