Saturday, March 29, 2008

Responsive Teaching

Bowers, CA & Flinders DJ (1990) Responsive Teaching. An Ecological Approach to Classroom Patterns of Language, Culture, and Thought. Teachers College press, Columbia University, New York and London.

Insight: unit of survival ≠ individual but = organism + envrionment
s. 94-
Bateson, G.
→ classroom = system / language – pathways / continuous process of adjustment.
s. 99 …no longer adequate.
The teacher’s responsibility for the ecology of ideas…
…most of the mental process is unconscious.
”Communicative competence”
Learning to learn
Interactive → teaching as a process of ’managing’
s. 106 The gatekeeper
printed word → special sense of authority
s. 115 ’The ecology of ideas is threatened when…’
s. 118 ’The difficulty is increased…’
Many thought patterns are useful, others are tradition (min formulering)
’A concern with context leads to a recognition that interpretation, …, is the basis of knowledge.’
s. 127 ’framing as still another dimension of the language-culture-thought ecology characteristic of classroom life.’
FRAMING (humour, self-disclosure, dialogue strategies)
- Implicitness
- Dynamism
- Essentiality
- Cultural context
- Dual influence
Relational concerns, e.g., trust, respect, dialogue, caring, sensitivity to relationships.
Receptive role
Reframing strategies s. 154-
Idea unit / every 2 seconds / 7 spoken English words (s. 172)
s. 226 ’…but we suspect that the overriding concern will be with repairing the damage to the ecosystems caused by the Western mindset and with responding to the resulting disruptions in the fabric of cultural life.’

My Exam is next week...

Friday, March 28, 2008

Project financing

Ur dagens BIO-INFO (osäker på om externa läsare kommer in på sidan):

4 ved BIO fikk UiB-støtte til frie forskerinitierte prosjekter
Dette var de fire BIO-søknadene som hadde fått best karakter fra refereene, uten å få penger. Alle fire fikk det beløpet de søkte UiB om.
-Christiane Todt: Aplacophoran phylogeny and the molluscan tree of life (250 000)
- Nils Kåre Birkeland: Comparative genomics of Archaeoglobus fulgidus strain 7324, a subsurface hyperthermophilic sulfate-reducing archaeon isolated fram a hot North Sea oil-well (300 000)
- Sigrunn Eliassen Female infidelity promotes male cooperation i collective predator defense (300 000)
- Louise Lindblom Genetic variation, biodiversity and phylogeography in lichenised fungi (259 000)
Trevlig helg!

P.S. Gissa om det blev cava till aperitif!!!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Friday, March 21, 2008

Hymenophyllum wilsonii i Samnanger

Första ordentliga turen ut i naturen i år. Mission: att hitta Hymenophyllum wilsonii (hinnebregne/ -bräken) i Samnanger kommune. Mission completed!

Läst: Flickan som lekte med elden (Stieg Larsson).

Monday, March 17, 2008

California, here I come

In response to your application to the BLS under the above scheme, I am delighted to inform you that the BLS Council has awarded you a grant of $600. The money will be made available to you in cash at Asilomar. I hope very much that this grant will help you raise additional funds and I hope you enjoy the conference.

With best wishes
Yours sincerely
Peter Lambley

Sunday, March 16, 2008


Am I here? Or here? Is it your fault? or is it just because of you? Or the light of spring? Or The Waters of March?!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Waters of March

I went to the party for the official opening of the new "Norwegian Centre of Excellence " Centre of Geobiology. It was at Galleri Nygaten, pretty cool. Good luck to them! the invitation said tapas to eat, but it was mostly pasta salads, salad, olives and some seafood soups; tasted good though. A glass of champagne, and two glasses of wine. A cup of coffeee and a chocolate cake. Quite nice. My aim was to show up and to be nice. Accomplished! Took the bus home at 22.30. H had to leave at 6.30 this morning for a meeting in Trondheim... But the weather is wonderful, so I guess that the flight went fine.

Woops - forgot: Waters of March!

Monday, March 10, 2008

California, here I come

Yess- I got travel funding from the L. Meltzer Høyskolefond for going to the IAL6 symposium in California this summer!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Dream of America

Do you remember Moab?


Äntligen, startar en kortison-kur! Dagens dos: 4+4+4+4. Väntar på effekten - väntar på biverkningarna...

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

An apotheium equals an onion

I am cutting off apothecia from lichen collections to use for DNA extraction. It strikes me; to write that I have used "one apothecium" is comparable to recipies for cooking that says "one onion". They come in so many sizes!

Monday, March 03, 2008


An interesting fact: your former employer is very quickly removing you from the internet pages when your contract ends, while your new employer is very slow to incorporate you...

I hope that it happens, because they think that you don't care about "being there" or not!

Inferring Demographic History

I struggled with running analyses of the total data set of Xanthoria parietina using software Beast (& Beauti!) for one whole year. Then I gave up. It was surely a wise decision. The data set is too small (14 populations, 2 markers), at least for the analysis tools currently available

Through the evolgen blog, I was referred to Drummond's own blog today. this is very interesting, and I will follow the development eagerly.