Here at the Purple Sage Ranch in Bandera, TX, I am removed from the physical world I’m used to. The National Writing Project’s Digital Literacies Resource Development Retreat provides a space and time for me to do some much needed processing.
Being removed from our usual surroundings is an important factor in reflective writing. Doing any sort of self-assessment begs for new perspective, for a vantage point high on a hill or a stone seat deep in a river’s valley.
When I hear the word “digital” in my head, my brain’s gears shift and click into position. I’m on guard about this word: it’s loaded.
Being at a retreat focused on what Digital Is, I’ve promised myself time to meditate on paper as well as in digital space. I feel like my own removal from familiar mediums is vital in securing the fidelity of my time and thought.
Our first task: write a 140 character text which describes our purpose and exploration this weekend.
This tweet lays out some of the core ideas that I hope to tinker with. In fact, I should have included the word “tinker” in there now that I think of it. I foresee a product that packages my pedagogical philosophy into a sort of passport for people on the precipice in their practice. Now, say that five times fast.