#30 hearts to the world

030/365 hearts to the world, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Today I went to the largest Finnish educational fair in Helsinki, EDUCA 2010. Apart from looking at the hundreds of booths of different vendors and educational organizations and voluntary groups, I also had the pleasure of listening to Professor Andy Hargreaves from Boston College. His talk on educational leadership and ‘The Fourth Way’ was truly thought-provoking and inspirational in terms of the future of Finland’s praised educational system.

The global and intercultural issues booths interested me the most. In one of them, I placed my pink heart on the world map, with a promise of setting my heart on global awareness issues in all my teaching. I really liked the symbolism of the world map covered in the pink hearts – as if it was love spreading all over the globe. It could also be seen as a symbol of all the dynamic networks and collaborative efforts of educators from all corners of the world.

This time my heart was placed in Singapore, where wonderful students and teachers in our partner school are getting ready to welcome our group in only three weeks’ time.

4 Responses to “#30 hearts to the world”

  1. January 30, 2010 at 23:30

    The map’s very pretty with all the pink hearts. I can see a couple on Australia! I’m interested in following your link to Prof. Andy Hargreaves; thanks. Bet you can’t wait to go to Singapore. Hope it’s not too humid and hot there for you – bit of a shock after your cold weather.

  2. January 31, 2010 at 14:22

    Yes, Australia was clearly in the hearts of some of the participants yesterday. I was struggling to decide where to place my heart – so many important places around the world, but I went for the most tangible alternative at the moment.

    I just heard my colleague in Singapore that it’s getting hotter – above 30 Celsius every day, although, she warned, some cool mornings – ONLY 26. And they call that COOL! LOL!

  3. January 31, 2010 at 22:12

    I heard Andy Hargreaves speak in Boston a few years ago. He speaks with depth. I blogged his session here http://susanvg.blogspot.com/2006/07/andy-hargreaves-sustainable-leadership.html
    One benefit I find of the photo blogging is the connections I have made. Once you have a personal connection with a person and place you care more about what happens there. As we share our stories and images we know the world is interconnected.

  4. 4 sinikka
    January 31, 2010 at 23:29

    Thank you for the link, Susan – will read it tonight.
    You are so right about developing special connections to even new places through the people you meet online. It is really enriching!

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