Writing is something I enjoy doing, so much so, that I’m writing about writing. I have no fear of writing. I mean, I really like to write. What is it about writing that is so much fun for me? I think there are three reasons that I can give to answer the question.
First, I like to read. Reading gives me something to write about. For example, if I had not accidentally stumbled upon a newspaper account of the 1980 Luxora Panthers basketball team, I would never have written my last book, The Last Shot. It came as a surprise to me to read that a writer had actually predicted that we would win the State Championship. Since this is what happened, I was inspired to do the research, combined with my personal memories, to write the story.
So, reading leads to writing. Secondly, writing is a creative process. It doesn’t matter whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction, you have to create your story, choose your words, create a mood, build drama naturally, and have a message that you want people to take away. There is always an audience, a reader you have in mind, a purpose, a time, a place, a protagonist, a problem, and a solution – a way out. It is an easy way to pass the time, in a creative pursuit of an excelently told story.
Third, it’s a way of leaving something for posterity. No one is going to live forever, and if you don’t leave a written record, well, at some point everything is forgotten, because no one remembers. Luxora, my hometown, for instance, is a place that I’d like to have the whole world remember. That means writing the part of the story that I’m able to tell. Another way to affect posterity is to write autobiographically. It’s amazing just how much your life story is worth telling, even when it seems like just another common story. So write, in your own true voice, and tell your story. That’s all I do, write about the things I know most about, me, and what I do, which is teach English.
My next story? I haven’t decided yet. I might be about the time I went to Alaska, to an Eskimo village, Yupik Eskimo of the Athabasca tribe, in the Kuskokwim Valley. right about the time of Chumai, if I remember correctly, and helped to save a man’s life. Sound interesting? Let me know if you are interested, and I’ll write the story.
Yes, I remember it clearly now. It all happened early one cold Alaska morning…
Currently, there are two ways to find out what learning in a massive, open, online course is like: One, you can participate in such a course, provided you have the time necessary to invest in such a learning experience. When your time is the limited and precious commodity that we all know it to be, you may not be able to participate, however.
Don’t feel bad about that. That’s life, and for the majority of us mortals, we work for a living in a world that will not let us simply employ our time in any pursuit. We have to be selective, to be balanced with the way in which we invest our time. Families, friends, hobbies, rest & relaxation demand an equal share of the 24 hour clock. So, if we can’t participate in a MOOC, that leaves option two available.
Option Two? You can read this book…
My #CCK11 Experience
by Thomas Jerome Baker
Stephen: “On Jan. 17 George Siemens and I will launch the third offering of our online course called ‘Connectivism and Connective Knowledge’ – or CCK11. We use the term ‘connectivism’ to describe a network-based pedagogy. The course itself uses connectivist principles and is therefore an instantiation of the philosophy of teaching and learning we both espouse.” This book is the result of my participation in the #CCK11 course…
The global search for high-quality education, embedded in high-performing education systems, has taken on mythical proportions, almost resembling the alchemists’ quest to turn common metals into gold.
It is my hope that the present day search for global education, equitable and providing equality of opportunity for all, shall not cease until the “gold” we seek, has been found.
I therefore dedicate this book to all the educators, researchers, parents and students the world over, who strive to achieve this elusive goal,high-quality education for all the citizens of the world.
In this endeavour, it is my belief that the International Baccalaureate merits a closer look, based on their more than 40 year history of delivering consistently excellent results.
I add that all of the reflections and views in this book are mine alone, unless otherwise noted, and can not be attributed to my employer or any other organization I am affiliated with, past or present. For any errors or oversights, I bear the complete responsibility.
Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Head of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile.
He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago.
Thomas is also a past member (2011-2012) of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile.
Thomas was recently selected for membership in the Comunidad de Innovacion Escolar, sponsored by the Telefonica Foundation and Foundation Educacion 2020. The aim of the group is to create a diverse network of highly innovative and entrepreneurial-minded educators who develop, create and strengthen the capacities and abilities of their educational settings, in order to expand and enrich educative processes that promote creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
As an author, Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics, both fiction and non-fiction. He is the creator of a new genre, the imaginary interview, in which the writer creates an interview with a guest, based on their work. In his latest interview, he interviewed himself, having published his new book, The Last Shot! It’s available on Amazon, both as a paperback and also as a digital book, on the Amazon Kindle platform.
Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, memoir, interviews and English Language Teaching. He has self-published a total of forty five (45) books overall.
The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.