An unusually hot day for the time of the year, and I was lucky to be by the sea in Helsinki. The solitary rowan tree really stood out in its striking autumn colours. I could have sat there for ages, enjoying the warmth, and storing all the goodness of the sun for the dark time to come.
Archive for September, 2011
Felt like I spent most of today on the bus. I took our five Spanish exchange students for a 2-day training course in Helsinki. At the crack of dawn, we took the bus to Helsinki, two and a half hours. The first programme there, was a 2-hour sightseeing tour, on the bus again!
The Helsinki sightseeing bus was very appropriate for the season – nice maple leaves with reddish edges decorated both sides.
A busy day ended in a spectacular sunset. Lucky for me, as I hadn’t had any time for photos earlier. The red lines were almost like neon lights!
I’ve been expecting to see northern lights one night. There have been articles in the press that this year, we might see them even here in the south. Usually you only see them up in Lapland. The colours here are not the northern lights, but they reminded me of them. Will have to stay up and keep my eyes open on clear nights!
Couldn’t you just imagine a tiny fairy, with transparent wings, hiding behind this umbrella-like cutie, on the thick and soft, mossy-green carpet 🙂
It seems to be a really good mushroom year. Some colleagues boast about dozens of kilos picked in the forest. Sadly, I am not that keen on eating them but find them interesting to look at on the ground.
What do you see? I see a funny creature with a strange nose and a goatee. Poor thing has been up all night, playing computer games, hence the weary-eyed look. He is quite embarrassed of his shabby look, too – hence the slight blush on his cheeks, while being photographed. 🙂
Today I read about the impacts of hours of daily exposure to virtual experiences on young brains. Sceptics claim that this is bound to deprive our youngsters of linguistic and visual imagination, lead to a decline in creativity and limit their ability of complex thinking. True, if all they do, day in day out, is play the same computer games, while updating their Facebook statuses.
There are huge expectations of us teachers to use ICT , to facilitate critical thinking, and learning to learn for life, but hardly any sound, tested pedagogical applications available yet. Can we even imagine what will best serve our students after they leave school?
The title is the name for a storytelling festival taking place this week. Tonight I attended a Scandinavian storytelling contest. All the five Scandinavian languages were represented, and it was fun to try and get the story, without actually understanding many of the words. I can just about follow Swedish but Norwegian, Icelandic, and especially Danish are hard, almost impossible for me.
The venue was an old bar in town, with these multicoloured retro lamps. Good setting for the colourful, multilingual event!