Today marks the first day of my 14+7 quarantine in Shanghai before I can return to Beijing. Unlike last year's 4 star hotel, I didn't strike lucky on the hotel jackpot this time, so I'm just focusing on what is good: the room is cleanno carpet (so no icky marks, hairs and other debris)nice viewAirconditioningkettle … Continue reading Channeling my inner PollyAnna / stoic
May – Presentation & Panel Month
I've had another lapse in blogging, not that things have been particularly quiet - in particular I managed to mis-step on some stairs in the center of Beijing in early April, thereby managing to fracture both my posterior and anterior malleolus (i.e ankle) resulting in my first ever ambulance ride and some pretty nifty ankle … Continue reading May – Presentation & Panel Month
UN SDGS: GATEKEEPERS, ALLIES, ENABLERS, PERSUADERS
This post originally was created on 25 March 2021 for the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative's SDG Month. While the global goals set absolute numerical targets that are tracked as discrete targets, no matter where our country of origin or residence is on the continuum of individual goals the wonderful thing is how they tie … Continue reading UN SDGS: GATEKEEPERS, ALLIES, ENABLERS, PERSUADERS
Learning but not yet
Yay for learning!
Yes it's been a while. A literal slump in life and learning and librarianship. Including a fractured ankle, surgery and being laid up for a month (2 more weeks to go), just as the worst 3 months of pollution in Beijing drew to a close. But I'm feeling more energised (amazing what waking up only … Continue reading Yay for learning!
Maths and beyond
A few weeks ago one Friday, just before our WEIRD (WAB Extended Independent Reading Day) there was a sudden surge in interest in maths books from our G8 students. Unfortunately a little further questioning revealed that it wasn't so much math books on demand as some kind of math text very specifically on quadratic equations … Continue reading Maths and beyond
To Blog or not to blog?
Today is clear up day... that inevitable day near the end of a vacation when I try to set up my bujo (Bullet Journal for the uninitiated - it's great - even some of my library staff have adopted my bujo habit and it's one of the books on our WAB-Reads list this year); sort … Continue reading To Blog or not to blog?
I'm not blogging and it's for a reason. I'm still trying to clear out the detritus of a rather busy and stressful year. Most of it spent online. Part of that is to seriously consider each and every subscription that is creating a digital deluge in my inboxes. It's disheartening as I unsubscribe or delete … Continue reading Hiatus
Don’t try this at home!
Week 12. The TV in our household has been quiet for most of the Covid-19 period. This isn't unusual, since I grew up in South Africa, we only got TV when I was 9, and it was a little black and white thing to boot, so the habit never caught on. Since my son is … Continue reading Don’t try this at home!
The troops are so very tired
Week 11. And while partial opening has been announced at most schools in Beijing for G12 and G8, this probably going to result in more stress, uncertainty and questions rather than less. Even more than ever before I am convinced we will need to radically change our teaching and learning practice. And now I'm not … Continue reading The troops are so very tired