Monday, 27 June 2016

Reading....



In the photos above and below you can see the books I have been reading over the past month. With summerholiday approaching and exam done I suddenly had time to sit down and read a work of fiction. That after a winter and spring as a student where I read less entertaining stuff, but important stuff for my life. At the same time I have gone to work every day where I have students who are 11, 12 and 13 years old, they are in a foreign country learning a new language and new culture and often I start with teaching them how to read. This is not easy for everybody.

Before I started in my current job, I had never reflected on the fact that reading, actually being able to put the letters together and shape them into meanigful words, are so incredible difficult to learn for some people. And also there is the prospect of the wider consequence if they don't learn to read properly.

This is the point where I have edited this blogpost what feels like a million times. I had written a lot about the challenges I face, the challenge the students face, how difficult it has been to get advise from the expertise and most of all my own "journey" (if I can put it like that), where I have become so aware of the importance of reading and how sad it makes me feel when I send students out of my classroom that have not learnt to read properly and probably never will.

I have cut the post short because I have been afraid to give away my students and the system, but I think I got my point sort of across. Reading gives me so much pleasure and I wish that upon everybody!


Friday, 3 June 2016

Quick tour of my favourite park...

I love the Nordnespark in Bergen. I love most parks, but this particular one is the one closest to me at the moment. This week, in glourius summer weather I decided to go for a run there. I haven't been there all this year or since last summer. Reasons are unknown, as I love being there.

 
I sat down on a bench and enjoyed the view. The green trees, the blue sea, the city view (which I didn't photograph). I watched people, even if it looks like I am alone there in the photos. I thought -  "I have to do this more often, I have to make the the time".



Thursday, 2 June 2016

Party's on......

 
Today is my birthday. According to my birthcertificate my 44th. The years roll on. I like the fact that I am happier than I have been in many years. Cause for celebration.