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How do you see an essay? Mindmap or daisy? From the top of your head or from a list of key points? What works for you?

Fig.1. And as an animated set of essays set to music on Animato

What the perfect essay ought to look like – a daisy with six petals (or could then be seven, or twelve?) Depends on the length of the essay I guess and whether it’s for GCSEs, A’Levels, undergraduate or postgraduate assessment. Flower arranging works for me.

Who said I could count 🙁

I see what I expect to see. Or is it deliberate to provoke a response (no, though the modus operandi with engagement is to make mistakes, to stand correction).

Rather it says why in the public (or published) domain I require a second set of eyes to proof read.

Yes, I put these images up a year or so ago.

The difference is stumbling onto the zizzy tool Animoto, and having one teenager doing GCSEs, another doing exams and even I had the first written paper I’ve had to sit in three decades at the end of April.

It helps to have a construct that works for you.

Fig.2. How my essays used to look

For one of my three essays I drew a six or seven petalled daisy-thingey and scribbled my arguments and counter-arguments into each. My introduction was short, the conclusion shorter still.

Fig. 3. This doodle actually appeared at the end of one school geography essay I wrote.

I’ve also got anything between four and eight months before my next and final module. I’m using this opportunity to back pedal, the beauty of the blog is this is a journey through the contents of my head, I’ve been there before so can correct, simplify or elaborate.

I found myself in a Twitter exchange with Professor Martin Weller last night

Fig. 4  I’m re-reading  ‘The Digital Scholar’ (detailed in this blog)

I’m adding images and charts and links and further comment, posting into my external blog ‘my mind bursts’ and alongside this Tweeting both what I wrote and highlights from the book @JJ27VV for this very reason, to seek out feedback. To be corrected or vindicated.

The re-aggitation of my e-learning synapses is an intriguing thing as I feel I can now draw on 2 years of studying with relative ease, and importantly can dip back into where my head has been.


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