Your story was great! Isn’t the internet fantastic? I used to live in Rio de Janeiro and now that I live in England I had the opportunity to meet you online!
Since your topic is about stories, here is mine:
I studied Biology (Licenciatura) at the Rio de Janeiro State University and did my MSc in Zoology at the National Museum in Rio. Just before finishing the masters, I decided to change my career and got a job as an IT translator (English-Portuguese). During this time I became more aware of the internet and the technology related to it. Before that all I was interested in was Bird Anatomy and research.
A few years later I met my husband (online)…..and now I am here in England.
In the beginning it was very hard. No family or friends.
After the birth of my son, Joshua, I decided to go back to an educational establishment. I started an ESOL course at the local college and this is where I work now as an ESOL/CALL tutor and as the E-learning champion for my department.
My professional development has started again in 2002/3 with more teaching qualification courses and in September I am starting the CELTA (level 4 – ESOL). I am even thinking of a second masters degree. This time in education (e-learning and ESOL).
Impressed. Touched. I was brought up bilingually/biculturally so I can relate somewhat to your multi-cultural upbringing. Also, as I’m the wrong side of 40, I can also relate to “…20 years went by…!” Thanks for putting this up. I t hink it is very brave of you, and it inspires me to do the same. (Have been wanting to experiment with Photo Story but not had the time yet.)
Also like Word Press. I will also experiment with it in the next few weeks. This looks good, Bee!
Nice to meet you Frieda and thanks for sharing your story with me. Do you have a blog or website?
Marco…this is just the surface of the iceberg…there are many other stories I can tell. As for WordPress, I am happy with it for the time being :-)
I have been following your ideas with interest and must blog them, but have not yet found the time. When things quieten down a bit here, when I have a little time to think, I´ll try to post.
I loved your story- especially the patterns near the end- I think my life has patterns, too. I also really liked your use of Bob Dylan- the Times they are a-changing as background music. But I´m one of those peculiar people who doesn’t REALLY like background music- so I foregrounded it and missed out on a lot of what you were saying at that poit because the music meant so much to me!
Perhaps you´re what I want to be when I grow up- a real multimedia person.
1. Can I post big photo albums on the blog site? I have photos from Alexandre, Eleonor, Gilmara (lots) and 8 files of my own. My son proposes a ling to my onw website, but the blog site would be better.
2. How do I create a category? For the project group working on poems, I wanted to make a POEMS category, but seem to have failed.
Love (and thanks)
Sara and Nahir…the possibilities these new technologies give us are mind-boggling. It is important to understand the nature of each tool, what it allows you to do and what it is meant for so that we do not eat soup with a knife or transform the “filet mignon” into a rubber sole. Just like in cooking, the blending of ingredients and how you serve them is the secret to success. Remain open to change, experiment, and reflect in and on action. Share it all by blogging about it.
As always Bee I enjoyed immensely your personal narrative. THANK YOU.
We have a lot in common…. well, some. My mother’s background in Polish— Eucranian, actually… and was born and raised in Puerto Rico thanks to my father. The only Belgian influence in my life is FOXY (the Belgian Sheepdog) , whose father is still there… small world.
Impressive work, Bee! It’s truly inspirational. Your story is very touching and motivational. Do you mind if I share your video with my Language and Culture students? We’re doing Bicultural identity and we will be moving on to achieving self potential. I believe that your story captures all the lessons that I want my students to learn. Your achievements in life are worth sharing and they’re something that would give my students a new sense of self awareness and motivation to improve their language skills while at the same time keeping a strong hold of their true identities. [Aiden claps hands.] Bravo, Bee- and thanks for sharing your story.
[...] How can we give our students a taste of different world English cultures? I’d like to share with you some of the projects I have conducted with my students in classEurope in Brazil – 70 students 8th grade students introduce themselves for a classroom twinning activity and talk about their roots. At a first moment, in groups they write a paragraph in 3rd person about one of the colleagues in the group (discovering the other and writing about him) and on another occasion, they write about their own family origins. Personal narratives of this kind could also be done individually on Photo Story 3, using photographs, narration and music, like the one I prepared for this Summer School. [...]