Hi Jane and Anne,
I am working on a proposal with our son Chris who is studying at McGill
now. It doesn't have a title yet, but here's our first thought.
We would ask the group to write down what their goals and values were
when they first began teaching; they might circulate these around the
tables and aadd comments.
Then i would present for five minutes or so as the Spirit of Teaching
Past (complete with academic gown), we'd both present in stereo or
dialogue as Teaching Present, and Chris would end as Teaching Future.
The whole presentation with time for questions and inkshedding could take
anywhere from 1/2 to one full hour.
Does this sound workable to you? Let me know what you think, and where
we should go from here. Here being a tiny dot in the realm of projection
at the moment.
All the best!
Inkshed XVI Organizers wrote:
> INKSHED CONFERENCE XVI
> Finding each other in a hall of mirrors:
> negotiating goals and values in language.
> May 6-9, 1999
> Location: Hotel Mont Gabriel, Quebec.
> (Laurentian region, one hour north of Montreal)
> As usual this year's theme arises from discussions at last year's
> conference, where the focus on "multiple literacies, ethics and
> responsibility" led to insights and questions about the goals and
> values of different educational cultures. This year we want to build
> on these insights and add other perspectives that will, together,
> move our understanding forward. Here, then, is our call for
> proposals for Inkshed XVI.
> Walking through the "hall of mirrors" of language and literacy
> education, teachers constantly meet new reflections, surprising as
> well as familiar views of themselves and of others. Teaching
> communication (composition, language arts, literature, rhetoric and
> related subjects) involves an awareness of multiple cultures and
> contexts. Discussions no longer centre only on academic written
> language in a North American context; instead they move among many
> forms of communication: international, technological, intercultural,
> visual, oral and physical.
> As the 1990s draw to a close, certain questions about negotiation
> among different cultures have become urgent. What misunderstandings
> can arise between teachers' and students' experience of the classroom
> and other educational settings? To what extent do teachers try to
> impose their own goals and values, and to what extent do they accept
> students' goals and values? Can educators establish a balance
> between what their teaching and learning have achieved in the past
> and must achieve in the future?
> In line with Inkshed tradition, please call or e-mail us in advance
> if you want to discuss your proposal. We hope for a rich variety of
> topics, such as the goals and values of a web-based writing course,
> teaching English in an unusual setting, working with an unfamiliar
> student population, exploring particular cultural or community
> values through literature, or providing successful communication
> practices in a professional context.
> As usual, the conference will avoid the "talking-head-reading-paper
> format" by continuing the venerable Inkshed tradition of active
> participant involvement and unconventional approaches. We welcome
> poster boards and performances, work-in-progress, case studies,
> collaborative presentations, workshops, and interactive
> All proposals should include the names, addresses, and phone numbers
> of the chief proposer and any co-presenters, a title and abstract
> (approx. 200 words), and a brief description of the method of
> presentation. Explain how your presentation will relate to the
> conference theme. Please note that you may be invited to collaborate
> with another proposer. "This is not a traditional, agonistic,
> competitive paper call. Your document will not be blind-reviewed by
> a reader eager to find a way to turn away two-thirds of the
> proposals," as Russ and Marcy memorably said. Instead we want to
> combine and include as many proposals as possible.
> We will continue with the tradition of built-in reading time.
> Please start to think about what you would like to bring or send to
> the reading table.
> Deadline for proposals: December 10, 1998
> Send proposals to:
> Ann Beer and Jane Ledwell-Brown
> Department of Educational Studies
> Faculty of Education
> McGill University
> 3700 McTavish Street
> Montreal, QC
> H3A 1Y2
> Phone:(514) 398-6746 extensions 5135 (Ann) or 2472 (Jane)
> Fax:(514) 398-4529/4679
> e-mail: [log in to unmask]
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> Inkshed conferences have taken place in many unusual and beautiful
> places - on an island, on a ranch, in a forest, by the sea, by lakes
> and rivers - but as far as we know this is the first Inkshed on top
> of a mountain! Please encourage participation from long-standing
> members who have not been able to come recently, as well as new
> graduates and colleagues who contribute so much to the growth and
> renewal of this working conference.
> Inkshed XVI Organizers
> c/o St.Thomas University
> Fredericton, N.B., Canada
> Email [log in to unmask]