Back to Life! The universe speaks...
So yesterday I gave a presentation at a teacher’s conference in Istanbul. The conference is organized every year with the goal of getting teachers teaching teachers! Many schools aim to help students develop into being caring and principled members of society . Relating to this, the goal of my presentation was to highlight the importance of setting authentic tasks for students that engage them ethically and socially. An example that I gave was an activity we did with our third grade primary school pupils last year. The children were asked to design a public park that was “environmentally friendly”. Having designed their park, they had to present their plans at a city planning meeting (a pretend one) to persuade the councilors to develop their park. Now, I had planned this presentation back in June this year and I chose the title “Back to Life, Back to Reality” which is (some of you probably know) the title of a famous track by Soul to Soul (from way back in the 80’s). Lo and behold, you would never guess what I discovered last week. I read an article in a magazine telling me that the leader of Soul to Soul, Jazzie B, was going to DJ at a party in Istanbul on the same day that I was giving my presentation that used his song title!!! Now what do you think were the chances of that happening? I mean, this is Istanbul, twenty years after the song was made famous and the guy turns up in town to DJ on the same day!!!! Well you could have knocked me down with a feather when I read that article! Is that the universe talking to me or what? What do you think about these kinds of coincidences? Do think that they are some kind of sign…? Anyway, it gave me a good little story to tell at the beginning of my presentation and two ladies (Turkish) even sang a few lines of the song for everybody (Turkish people use any excuse to get up and strut their stuff!). I was also able to invite everyone at my seminar to the party – now if that is not an ethical, authentic task then I don’t know what is!
1) Read the post before this one (I posted it yesterday!)
2) Find as many phrases or sentences that you can in this post that I use to express “surprise”.
3) What words collocate with “present” and “presentation” in this post. What useful phrases relating to presentations can you find in this post?
4) Share a time that you felt the universe was speaking to you!
5) Look at the pretty pictures below.
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