Sunday, 12 March 2017


Through discussing things on skype as a group, reading blogs and reflecting upon my own personal and professional journey so far while completing this MAPP DTP a theme of voices has arisen.
Originally going back into education ,pulling upon previous experiences, I was expecting everything to have an answer and to be essentially told how and what to do.
I can't believe how wrong I was!

Before I started studying again I felt my 'voice' had been stripped away from me so I chose not to speak up and use it. It was a very strange feeling to be asked what I have done and what have I learned, how have I achieved things? Although there is always references to others who have done the same thing it was to almost back up my own voice.
Now entering module 2 and looking at research I'm being asked what am I interested in? And this is where I feel the MAPP is helping me to fine my own 'voice'. My research and all my studies are now relevant to myself, to what I think!
I look at the students in my classes and I see that even at a young age some of their 'voices' are already slipping away from them. Within my professional practice I focus on enhancing creativity with my students and hopefully give them the confidence to be comfortable enough to use their own 'voice'. As there is no right or wrong and what they have to say matters.

I think this is something for us to remember as we journey further into our modules and inevitably come across hurdles and bumps in the road. I think if we keep it relevant to us as individuals this course offers a great platform to express our own voices and be heard by others who are open and willing to listen!
Don't forget you have a voice and don't forget to use it!

Monday, 6 March 2017


Through the Skype call yesterday at 5pm many themes emerged which took out discussions down many different avenues and interests. We explored what each other wanted to discuss and through each of us adding our own experiences and ideas it seemed to spark another and it became a discussion and expression of out own ideas and opinions.

The way we veered off track and explored these tangents was a mirror image of the struggle I was having in beginning to formally write my literature review inline with my own research! squashing it all down and trying to get all of these interesting topics, articles and ideas that have formed my discovery of literature. Helen offered the party comparison and I had a light bulb moment! To invite/include in the review the people that should/need to be there.  Keeping it relevant to my ideas, to my research and to the direction I am going.  I am now working on my 'guest list' and figuring out and narrowing down the voices I am going to include. I now feel that will keeping all of it relevant to my inquiry and relevant to my practice  it will allow me to put pen to paper. Parimala offered that I create a skeleton and fill it in as I go along. I think be creating my 'guest list' I will be able to form the bare bones and have a clear aim and idea of structure of how I will go about writing.

Throughout the discussion there were question of validity of sources as they may not be recognized or supported within an academic setting. Some body may not have conducted research formally yet are a critique of performances and share ideas of influence and effects on audiences. I feel this comes under the branch (we seemed to like tree analogy's in the skype call)  of RELEVANCE as well. If it is relevant to your practice, if it is relevant to your questions and ideas, then it has validity and you should be able to include and use it to support your work and ideas . Same with those on Module one discussing figuring out AOL'S and  Module Two discovering research and interests, it's relevance! It has to be relevant to me and my practice and that's what I took away from the conversation last night ,as my eureka moment, no matter what module we are on or where we are in this journey whatever we write must remain relevant and have meaning to us as individuals.

This has sparked an idea of voices for me, which I am going to post a reflection blog about  another day. How I feel our 'voices' are central to our writing and our practice and how this course has helped me find my own 'voice' and possibly amplified it!