Thing 6 – Reflective Practice

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Reflections in Pisa, Italy

I’m a big fan of reflective practice and even though I have been using it a lot for professional purposes I still find it difficult to do especially when its in a public space like a blog. 

Its  September and I’m only on Thing 6 but this has been one of my favourite challenges so far. I’ve had a really busy summer and wasn’t able to start going through the things until recently so I was feeling a bit stressed about being so far behind. However, when I looked at a few other blogs I realised that I’m not the only one and a few people have just done thing 1 so far. This made me realise that its ok not to stress about keeping up and that I can work at my own pace.

Another thing some people mentioned in Thing 6 was that some blogs were really impressive and had features that I couldn’t find. When I first started blogging about Rudaí things it was useful to see what other people had written but more importantly it helped me to gauge how long my blog posts should be and what kind of information to include.

Best of luck everyone 🙂

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Thing 5 – Online Networks

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This weeks post is about online networks such as Facebook and Twitter. I first joined Facebook in 2008 but didn’t use it so much until I moved abroad in 2010. Life abroad would have been more difficult without Facebook as it was a great way to keep in touch with home and friends in other places. One useful thing was the Facebook groups that were set up for foreigners living in a particular city. The first group I joined had useful information about where to get certain products from home but they also had a lot of stupid things like questions about where to buy ice cubes which are available in every corner store as well as someone trying to sell a second hand toilet brush.

I just joined Twitter a few months ago even though I heard of the professional development benefits a long time ago. I finally took the steps to set up an account the morning of the launch the Abbey Ballroom Indoor Football: An Oral History Exhibition in order to promote the event using the hash tag #AbbeyBallroom. At first I found it kind of difficult to use and I’m still getting used to expressing all I want to say in 140 characters during Twitter chats but it has opened up whole wide network of information and people. I highly recommend everyone to join Twitter but I still need to do more work on my profile.