Deep in the Heart

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.

I hope to write more this weekend about how we understand the spaces in which we write and learn: from Gibson’s dark cyberspace to TED’s beacon of light in learning.

Our first task: write a 140 character text which describes our purpose and exploration this weekend.
Wow, someone actually checks these alt texts? You win a prize!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.

7 thoughts on “Deep in the Heart

  1. Digital. If you are in the digital realm you are never actually “removed”from your world- as your tweet indicates. You are always connected to other thinkers and writers. The retreat into nature is important for your physical, emotional and spiritual self. Writing pulls on all three domains. While nature energizes, the digital realm often enervates us. Enjoy the writing ether.

  2. Pingback: Tweets that mention Deep in the Heart « Hi, I’m Steve Moore --

  3. It’s good to be critical — that’s what I think. And I think we need some new terminology to really capture what is going on — this potentially tranformative era that we are in — and digital is one of those words that, eh, doesn’t quite cut it. Unfortunately, I don’t have any other suggestions and I have thought about it for years (we struggled with this when we were coming up for a title of our book collection, which eventually became Teaching the New Writing, which still makes me uncomfortable on a few different levels).
    I liked your tweet, though. Nice alliteration.:)

  4. “Being removed from our usual surroundings is an important factor in reflective writing.”

    Hmm Hmm Hmmmmm…..How do I do that in my classroom…I will be working on that thought this week…

    Geez…why have I never thought of that before…obviously not easy to do physically…but mentally…play with me here for a bit…if each time we did reflective writing I changed the seating, lights, sounds, to take kids to that place. Sit, eyes closed for a couple minutes, open, write. The research is clear on using mental imagery to improve performance for a range of physical tasks…why not take them out of their usual surroundings mentally then write?

    Hmm Hmm Hmmmmm…

  5. I’ve tried to think of the word in terms of fingers and writing with our hands as a craft in a way that could apply to typing, gesturing, or using a pen on paper. I’m not sure it rings the right way though.

  6. Thank you Suzanne, for reminding me that balance of those domains is always worth seeking. When it seems impossible to be disconnected, that’s what may be most important.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s