ROBERT LESLIE FIELDING
Be kind to everyone you meet.
You may never see them again.

Write to be read - be better than you need to be!

                                Free-writing – exploring what's beneath the tip of the iceberg

Free-writing makes you think – about what? It makes you think about whatever you are writing about. It also helps you to formulate opinions that go somewhat deeper than you are aware of.

Let's take an example: if you sit down and write about the pros and cons of capital punishment, for example, the very act of writing would enable you to explore the topic from angles you may not have ever approached it from. This almost begs the question – How do I know what I think – what my opinion is?

If asked to give a sort of spur of the moment opinion, as we are often made to do whilst watching the news on TV, an abbreviated, one line sort of opinion will invariably either be thought or spoken, without any time to really consider the issue.

To be any more well informed, we are told, we would have to read about the issue in more depth – which basically amounts to finding out what other people think and why, and then coming to some conclusion based upon what has been read. This is what goes under the name of studying at university, which we term 'reading for a degree'.

There is another way, however, and that is to write about it. If you want to know where you stand on the issue – whether you are for or against hanging, say, then you could start by sitting down and free-writing on the topic.

How does this work? After all, if you haven't read up on it, how can you have anything to say about it – anything that is worth reading?

The proof of the pudding is in the eating, as we say. Start with an initial statement – 'Capital punishment is immoral!' would do.

The next part of the exercise is to let your thoughts flow through your pen or the keys of your word processor, if you prefer. You will find as you write, that ideas crowd into your mind, and as you write what comes into your head, you will think of more ideas – some that go along with what you have written, and some that go against that position.

Rereading your work is always instructive, and can be surprising too. You may find, for instance, that although you initially started out believing that capital punishment is immoral, you nevertheless argued more cogently than you thought you were capable of against that position – that it is not immoral. Alternatively, you might find that whereas you thought it not immoral, you have successfully convinced yourself that it is.

How has this happened – if it has? What processes were going on to bring you to the foot of the page, leaving you with one opinion rather than another? The answer is out there – whether it is your internal logic that has instructed you, or whether it is the logic of the word on the page – or whether it is a combination of the two, which may or may not be the same thing, I am at a loss to say. All I know is that it WILL happen, and free-writing is why it has happened. Try it.  You'll be surprised at the results.
Robert L. Fielding



Subconscious(feelings)- what is hidden in your mind and affects your behaviour, but you don't know that it is there.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subconscious


 

                                                            The Writing Process

We often think that when professional writers begin a new piece of writing the words just flow effortlessly to the page. The good news is that this is a myth. All writers use a process approach when they write that may include some of the steps listed below. Our minds don't always work to create logical paragraphs and to present carefully planned-out thesis sentences. And if we wait for those to appear before we begin writing, we will wait a long time. It's better to start by getting something down on paper and then working through these steps to create a finished essay.

                                                              Generating Ideas

Writers use many different methods to generate ideas for the next writing assignment. Strategies like listing (making a list of every idea that comes into your head), clustering (like listing, but use lines and circles to connect related ideas), and free-writing (write as quickly as you can without worrying about punctuation, grammar, spelling, or even logic) can help you decide what to write about. If you are required to keep a journal, check your journal for ideas. We tend to write about things in our journals that are our passions. What better place to begin?
http://departments.kings.edu/effwriting/second%20level/process.html

Robert L. Fielding

This page contains links to sites that give you valuable activities to improve your fluency in English - to be fluent -  Able to express oneself readily and effortlessly: a fluent speaker; fluent in three languages.

 

First - here is the 10-minute window - use it to write http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/freewriting.htm

Links to writing fluency

Use the information on the websites below to make you think and then write your thoughts down in the 10-minute window.

1.       Ed’s Green blog - http://blog.ecochange.org/

2.       Earth clock - http://www.ecochange.org/?gclid=CMD405fiqp4CFc0vpAodrXT0mA

3.       Elite classics – read a poem - http://www.eliteskills.com/c/11447

4.       Read a short story - http://www.rong-chang.com/qa2/

5.       Life is for living – read some quotations about life and living - http://bethebestyoucanbe2.blogspot.com/

6.       Art and entertainment - http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts-ents

7.       The Poetry blog - http://www.heraldscotland.com/blogs/poetry-blog

8.       Saudi Aramco World - http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/200303/

9.       My Virtual Library - http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/200303/

10.   Gulf News - http://gulfnews.com/

11.   Blog for students - http://www.whatsnewintheworld.blogspot.com/

12.   For people who like travelling - http://www.geneticallyunmodifieddiaries.blogspot.com/

13.   For readers generally – film review etc - http://www.fascinatingfillers.blogspot.com/

14.   More poetry - http://www.upwordspoetry.com/

15.   UAE environment issues - http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/environment/gulf-news-campaign-in-the-bag-1.132883

16.   Links to podcasts, analogies and lots of other things for learners - http://www.rlfielding.com/compendiumoflinks.htm

17.   Activities for students - http://a4esl.org/

18.   Reading page – lots of links to different things to read – fiction and non-fiction - http://www.rlfielding.com/readingpage.htm

19.   My other blogs – read my writing  - http://www.rlfielding.com/myotherblogs.htm

20.   Ideas worth spreading - http://www.greatideasworthspreading.blogspot.com/

21. My articles in Gulf News - http://www.rlfielding.com/myarticlesingulfnews.htm

22. Find pictures - http://pictures.com/

 

Robert L. Fielding

 

Want to imagine a different path to improving public education in this country? Take my 15-minute challenge.

First, find a partner. Then, take four minutes to reflect and write silently on your most meaningful personal experience in a learning community. It could be a club, group, a school, a course, or something else. The only criteria are that it was a transformative experience, and that real learning occurred.

Next, you and your partner take four additional minutes to share your stories with each other. While one person is speaking, the other will be listening actively and taking notes, in hopes of identifying what attributes made the experience being described such a successful one. After both of you have shared your stories, take a minute or two to identify the parts and qualities of your experiences that were the most resonant across your memories.

http://forumforeducation.org/blog/will-we-do-what-it-takes-improve-public-education

Robert L. Fielding

Slow Food & The Slow Movement

Our century (the modern age) has developed industrial civilization, invented the machine, and then taken it as its life model. 

Q1. What does this mean? 

Q2. How can life be compared to a machine? 

Q3. How does this affect your life?

WRITE YOUR FIRST THOUGHTS DOWN AT THE LINK BELOW - THE 10-MINUTE WINDOW

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/freewriting.htm

Look at the sites linked below to find out the answer to these questions.

http://www.slowfoodkc.org/manifesto.htm

 

Links

1.       http://www.slowfood.com/

2.       What is the slow food movement? - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_Food

3.       Slow Movement - http://www.slowmovement.com/slow_food.php

4.       Slow food recipes - http://www.homelife.com.au/search/slow+food+recipes

5.       ‘Slow’ projects - http://www.slowfood.com/donate/pagine/eng/progetti.lasso

6.       Hamra ‘Earth market’ - http://www.slowfood.com/donate/pagine/eng/progetti.lasso?-idp=013

7.       Slow cities – slow living - http://www.slowmovement.com/slow_cities.php

8.       Cittaslow – ‘slow cities’ around the world - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cittaslow

9.       The Slow Food International Manifesto - http://www.slowfoodkc.org/manifesto.htm

10.   The ‘Slow Food’ Charter – full text  - http://www.springerlink.com/content/k53hh0221843j660/

Robert L. Fielding