If life is what happens to our plans, then dance is what happens to our steps.
ideas sometimes when you wait they come to you.

Preparation for starting with BAPP

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Notes on sending work for feedback

Please do not send documents called 'Proposal' or 'AOLs' or 'Reflection' because everyone doing the same tasks. The title of the document is as much for the person receiving it as it is for you. If I get three documents called 'Proposal'. I then open them and hope that the persons name is clearly on the document!! But no!!! Often it is just the written work no page numbers or footer or header with the persons name and id number. I write this for both my BA and MA courses because they are both in professional practice and it is good practice to do the above in general. Send people things with your name on them!
Akinleye_blog post.doc
then when it is opened your name again and page numbers in case they need to print it out.

I think this is important because it means what you send is intended for the person reading it. This shows you have taken a moment to think about how the thing you are sending will be experienced by the reader and it means it does not look like you did something and sent it the first moment you thought you wanted reassurance it was ok.

Get what I mean? What do you think? Have you experienced the same thing? Do you suddenly realise you did this too!!!!!!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Making meaning through talking to each other: April 8th Group Skype chat.

Almost April and I mean that in a its-got-to-get-warmer-and-warmer sort of way not time is flying by!!! Either way our April group SKYPE chat is coming up APRIL 8th. These chats are really helpful and support the campus sessions in that they are opportunities to ask questions and talk to other people on the course, some of whom have done what you are doing and some who are doing it now too. We have two times to fit around different work schedules. You can join in with either (or both!!)

‘Lunch time-ish ‘ – 11am
‘Evening-ish’ – 8pm (note sometimes we do 8:45 but it will be 8pm this month)

If you have not joined in before you need to make sure I have your skype address, do this by sending me a request on skype. In the request write BAPP so I know who it is from. If you have joined in before you know how useful and inspiring talking to each other can be so please be a part of the chat again.

As we get closer to the hand-in date it is important to keep blogging and talking; sharing your ideas. This is part of working through your initial ideas to find a deeper more meaningful way to look at the experiences of the module and what they mean within your professional practice. It is also important to know your experiences are shared by the rest of the BAPP community and interesting to hear how other people have interpreted and dealt with things.

Look forward to talking with you

Friday, 14 March 2014

Debate - what do you think…..

Ethics is about how your actions are experienced. It is the reflection on interaction outside your skin; the counterpart to reflective thought which is reflection going on inside your skin[1]. Although society, professional organisation and personal morals can have clear ideas about what the right and wrong things to do are. Ethics is about a step before this reflecting about how what you do affects or changes the environment / ‘things around you’. The origins of the study of ethics is interwoven with aesthetics. The arts, ethics and aesthetic are all connected in this through the idea of truth, representation and experience.

What do you think
1) So Ethics is about reflecting on how you are experienced - do you agree or disagree? 
2) Does this help you with your module activity - i.e. does this idea about ethics help you create the situation you want to be a part of?  

Please leave a comment.

[1] At some levels this simplification to outside and inside your skin is problematic within the principles of embodiment and concepts of the body as they are understood in pragmatism and phenomenology that we are using.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Added skpye session on Thursday AND a little about our Tuesday chat.

Yesterday was our SKYPE chat. the morning chat was pretty small!! but I think quite useful. We talked about making sure you know what your analysis process is going to be. this is important for both Module two-ers and three-ers particularly. There is no point collecting data if you don't know what you are going to do with it. If you don't know what you are going to do with it you start to feel you just need more and more data as if collecting it will somehow get you to some answers. But it is the analysis that takes you to the step of addressing the questions and desire for more knowledge that the inquiry is addressing. 

There are a couple of ways to engage with analysis, here a few ideas:

-Mapping: using the data to start to better understand how something works, or what something is like or where things or people stand within a topic. For instance, this would be to have data that about 'what dance teachers think of teaching boys dance'. You would use the teachers responses to look at the landscape of teaching boys dance - where does it seem to be 'easier' (teachers feel that when teaching them street dance they are more engaged than when teaching ballet, it seems that the boys in doing dance classes in state schools are have better behaviour than boys in private dance schools), then you look at why you think things have mapped out like this - you use the literature to help to theorise about why things look like this. You also use your own experience. You can also question the data itself: did who answered the question or how the question was asked affect the data you collected.

- Critique: you use the data to inform a critique of the behaviour or phenomena of something. Maybe you asked 'why do dancers get injured?' you use your data to look at a problem (getting injured). You might then identify that certain circumstance lead to injury. You compare what you found with what the literature says and your own experience. You explain the practical situations when something happens and explain why you think that is. You can also question the data itself: did who answered the question or how the question was asked affect the data you collected.

- Action research - you identify something you want to 'try out'… you try it out.. you look at whether it had the affect you were expecting, you think about what happened and why. You use the literature to both plan the change you try out and then to understand what happened after you tried it out. You can also question the data itself: did who answered the question or how the question was asked affect the data you collected.

How are you finding the idea of analysis?

The evening session got moved to Thursday March 13th….. so you can still join in this month. 

Looking forward to talking to you

Monday, 10 March 2014

OMG - its almost another Second Tuesday (non-campus session)

Finally some spring-ish weather and the second Tuesday of March!! So tomorrow Tuesday 11th is another SKYPE chat day. We have two times one in the morning at 11am and one in the evening at 8:45 (London time).

The SKYPE calls are like non-campus sessions where you can ask questions and find solutions and up-date on how your work is going. If you have not joined in before it's a great chance to collaborate to other people on the course and hear their experiences and ideas and solutions.

All you need to do is be on-line  on SKYPE.
if I don't already have your SKYPE address then make sure you send me a contact request so I can call you.

Looking forward to hearing how things are going and speak to you tomorrow…